Stress: Your brain and body

Stress: Your brain and body

      What is stress and can it be good for you? Does it kill off your brain cells and can it cause depression? How does your brain perceive a terrifying situation and prepare your body for survival?   Your body’s stress response kicks in when you perceive you are under threat. Mammals have evolved this superb mechanism to ensure we have the best possible chance of survival when faced with a life-threatening situation.   Imagine you are in the jungle and you hear movement behind you. You stop…

Dim Light Affects Memory and Learning

Dim Light Affects Memory and Learning

You may want to dim the light only when you are in a mood for a romantic dinner date! Dim light during work could hamper brain health by impairing memory and learning. Spending excessive time under dim lights hampers learning abilities and memory function by changing the brain structure, says a new study published in the Hippocampus journal. This is the first-of-a-kind study where the researchers explored the link between brain structure and the normally experienced range of environmental light. Neuroscientists from the Michigan State University showed that dim lights affect the hippocampus region of the…

Autism- A Brain Development Disorder

Autism- A Brain Development Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is a brain development disorder, which results in communication, socialization, and development problems. With autism there is a developmental delay of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize or form relationships with others as well as the ability to communicate and to use imagination. People with autism may also exhibit various forms of repetitive or restricted behavior. Autism is four times more common in boys than in girls and affects an estimated 10-20 of every 10,000 people, unfortunately autism is on the rise in India…

The Right Antioxidants for the Brain

The Right Antioxidants for the Brain

Vitamin E- vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which is very important in the protection of brain and peripheral nerve cells. Vitamin E is able to cross through the blood brain barrier, but it does not have some difficulty. Researchers have to use very high doses of vitamin E in supplementation in order to increase the level of vitamin E in this area of the body. Therefore, vitamin E is an important antioxidant in protecting brain cells but probably not the best one in this situation. Vitamin C- Vitamin c…

Protecting Our Most Precious Asset

Protecting Our Most Precious Asset

Everyone desires to maintain and protect the ability to reason and to think. In fact, losing this ability is probably the number one fear of most of the patients. When a person forgets where he put his keys or can’t remember his neighbors name, he often suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease. The principle of optimizing our own natural antioxidant defense system is paramount when it comes to protecting the cells in our brain against our common enemy, oxidative stress. There are two main concepts to keep in mind, if we…

Aging Of The Brain

Aging Of The Brain

Oxidative stress is the leading cause of the aging process. Nowhere is evidence for this concept stronger than when it comes to the actual aging of the brain. Several scientific studies have shown oxidative damage to the mitochondria (the furnace of the cell), and to the DNA of the brain cell. This can lead to the malfunction or even the death of these very sensitive brain cells. Brain cells do not have the ability to regenerate themselves. So as we lose more and more brain cells throughout our lifetime due…