Neuroplasticity: what is it and why should you care?
“Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is an umbrella term that refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses due to changes in behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, emotions, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury. Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.
Neuroplasticity occurs on a variety of levels, ranging from cellular changes due to learning, to large-scale changes involved in cortical remapping in response to injury. The role of neuroplasticity is widely recognized in healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage. During most of the 20th century, the consensus among neuroscientists was that brain structure is relatively immutable after a critical period during early childhood. This belief has been challenged by findings revealing that many aspects of the brain remain plastic even into adulthood.” Quote from Wikipedia. READ MORE
In this interview with Dr. Michael Smith we will explore the role some of the emerging nutrients for brain health and neuroplasticity. Once we understand that our brains can be changed and that our thinking can improve, we can then explore the many nutrients that have potential benefits. It is critical to realize that we are nourishing the body. We are not treating disease. So just like a gardener who will adjust the environment of the plants, we can also adjust the environment of our brain. Proper nourishment and intelligent care will usually result in better outcomes. If you want your brain to function better you have to give it the nutrition to do it. Your process of discovery is to explore your many options, try them with consistent application and the evaluate. There is no one easy path to brain health. The best program or product is the one that works best for you.
Dr. Smith with discuss some of the most interesting nutrients that are emerging for better brain health. One is magnesium threonate. Magnesium threonate is the form of magnesium that can easily get into your brain. Most magnesium forms do not readily cross the blood brain barrier. This is an example of our the specific form of a nutrient can make a huge difference in outcomes. You will also hear my personal story with magnesium threonate. He discusses how magnesium threonate and other nutrients are extremely beneficial for migraines. Change the nutritional environment of your brain and wonderful things can happen.
About Dr. Michael Smith
Dr. Smith is the Senior health scientist and online personality for Life Extension — the world’s leading organization dedicated to extending the healthy human life span. Dr. Smith is an author and blogger, creates and conducts webinars and appears in informational health and wellness videos. His engaging ability to present complex medical topics, be it diabetes, migraines, food sensitivity or weight management, in a clear, conversational manner has won him a sizable following of anti-aging and disease-prevention enthusiasts. He is the author of The Supplement Pyramid. Get 16 different health assessment questionairs online at MySupplementPyramid.com.
About Life Extension Foundation
The Life Extension Foundation is one of the largest organizations dedicated to investigating every method of extending the healthy human life span. When seeking anti-aging therapies, health and nutrition, The Foundation has reported discoveries in the areas of atherosclerosis and stroke prevention, diabetes, prostate health, hormone replacement therapy, and other health concerns. The Life Extension Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose goal is to conquer the aging process within the next decade. The Life Extension Foundation was officially incorporated in 1980, but its founder has been involved in anti-aging research since the 1960s.
About Life Extension Magazine
Life Extension magazine is the monthly publication of the Life Extension Foundation. Members of Life Extension receive the magazine for free in addition to their other membership benefits.
Life Extension is the first to report new discoveries involving nutrition, hormones, and anti-aging supplements, including such news-making items as coQ10 and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, Life Extension reports innovative findings concerning the diseases that threaten many of us, such as atherosclerosis, cancer and diabetes. With each issue, subscribers to Life Extensionmagazine receive potentially life-saving information they won’t find in most other publications.