December 6, 2016

You Can Grow New Brain Cells by Eating Chocolate and Drinking Coffee!

I've watched dozens of Ted Talks and found the one below especially interesting. 

Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis -- the creation of new cells -- to improve mood, increase memory formation, and prevent some declines associated with aging.

It's worth watching:


Midway in her talk, Dr Thuret briefly refers to a chart in the background that lists key nutrients  in terms of their positive and negative impacts on neurogenesis. I was intrigued by the chart and wrote down the names and rankings of the nutrients listed.Here they are:
The Good Guys
These nutrients support neurogenesis. I assume the capitalized items are the especially  good guys:

  • RESVERATROL
  • CALORIE RESTRICTION
  • BLUEBERRIES
  • FLAVONOIDS
  • INTERMITTENT FASTING
  • omega-3 - fatty acids
  • folic acid
  • zinc
  • curcumin
  • caffeine 
The Bad Guys
These nutrients appear to have a damaging effect on neurogenesis. Again, I'm assuming the ones  displayed in capital letters are particularly bad actors.

  • HIGH SATURATED FAT
  • SOFT DIET
  • ETHANOL
  • Vitamin E Deficiency
  • High Sugar
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • Vitamin A Deficiency
Why did I suggest in the title that chocolate promotes neurogenesis, when it's not on Dr. Thuret's list? Because it's rich in flavonoids, which DID make the list. But a caution: that's not true at all chocolates on the market.

More about all of this later.




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