Monday, January 30, 2023

Which foods help regenerate neurons?

A neuron is a type of cell that receives and sends messages between the body and the brain, as explained by the United States National Cancer Institute.

In addition, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIHDD) states that There are two types of neurons: motor neurons that send messages from the brain to muscles to generate movement, and sensory neurons. Which detects light, sound, smell, taste, pressure and heat.

However, despite the fact that neurons are the cells that live longest in the body, some die due to other reasons such as diseases, trauma, injuries, among others.

Therefore, to prevent the death of neurons, Georgina Gómez, nutritionist and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), “Consumption of foods rich in fatty acids, omega 3 and compounds with antioxidant function is recommended, as they are elements that are not produced in the body.”

Experts recommend consuming foods rich in fatty acids, omega 3 and compounds with antioxidant function – photo: Getty Images

In addition, he added that “antioxidants are important, because brain structures can be oxidized by the actions of free radicals, which can damage structures such as DNA and cell membranes. Antioxidants counteract the harmful actions of free radicals by preventing or slowing down cell damage.

In fact, an article from the University of Costa Rica indicated that free radicals are caused by sun exposure, smoking, environmental pollution, stress, and our own metabolism.

Similarly, the MS Más Salud portal revealed that other Habits that damage neurons are: lack of sleep, stress, lack of stimulation, and lack of exercise.

In the meantime, experts recommend the Diet of the Mind (The Mind Diet) which is built from the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet.

As it is, the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health explained in a blog post that healthy items recommended by the MIND dietary guidelines include:

Exercise should complement a healthy diet. – photo: Getty Images
  • “3+ servings a day of whole grains.
  • 1+ servings a day of vegetables (other than leafy greens).
  • 6+ servings of green leafy vegetables a week.
  • 5+ servings a week of nuts.
  • 4+ meals a week of beans.
  • 2+ servings a week of berries.
  • 2+ meals a week of poultry.
  • 1+ meals a week of fish.
  • Mainly olive oil if excess fat is used.

,The diet recommends one glass of red wine per day, No more than a tablespoon of butter or margarine a day, which can be optimally replaced with olive oil. Also, limit cheese, fried foods, and fast food to no more than once a week, due to their high content of saturated fatty acids,” he concluded.

Brain care is very important. – photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

For their part, other recommendations that help to regenerate neurons are:

  1. Exercise: Medline Plus, the US National Library of Medicine, reveals that exercise stimulates the body to release proteins and other proteins. Chemicals that improve brain structure and function And it’s important to get some physical activity for 30 minutes on most days to reap the benefits.
  2. Be mentally active: To do this, the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to clinical practice, education and research, suggests doing crossword puzzles, playing bridge, switching to different streets while driving, playing an instrument. Playing the instrument recommends asking yourself questions that you must answer, for example, check what the capital of that country is, how long do crocodiles live, what was the first song by that artist, etc. . In addition, memorizing telephone numbers or addresses is ideal, as this will exercise the memory and increase mental capacity.

Finally, the Mayo Clinic recommends socializing regularly, as it prevents depression and stress, which can contribute to memory loss.

It must be remembered that the information provided in the above content is not a substitute for medical advice and on the other hand, it is best to consult a health expert.

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