Losing too many brain cells? Even adults can make more, study says

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Many people think that their adult brain is not capable of generating new cells…[However,] the reality is much more complex.

The birth of neurons from stem cells is called neurogenesis and in babies, most of the job is done before they leave their mommy’s belly…[Some studies] prove that we can indeed play an active role in promoting production of new brain cells, and as a result improve our mood, memory, and learning skills.

According to the study in rats published [in 2016], physical exercise enhances neurogenesis if it’s aerobic and sustained. On the other hand, anaerobic resistance training doesn’t result in higher production of neurons in the hippocampus, even though it may have a positive effect on physical fitness.

Studies also show that caloric reduction leads to an extended lifespan, significantly increases production of new neurons, and reduces the risk of neurological diseases, such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, or Parkinson’s disease.

Most of us take it for granted that we cannot succeed either in our life or our career without a perfectly functioning brain…Sometimes we blame genetics or our education…[But] being in control of our life starts with being in control of our body.

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