Have you ever wondered how fasting benefits your brain? In this keto kamp podcast episode, we explain how to build new brain cells with ketones and other ingredients. 🎁Get my FREE Keto Kickstart Guide:
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The 4 key foods to stimulate neurogenesis, BDNF and build new brain cells:
1) Blueberries. I have blueberries just about every single day, and I recommend it to my clients. Not only is it low in sugar compared to other fruits, it is also packed full of antioxidants. Blueberries act in so many ways to promote neurogenesis and protect the brain from cognitive decline.
Numerous studies show adding blueberries to the daily diet of mice increases neurogenesis significantly.
Joseph, J.A., Shukitt-Hale, B., Lau, F. C. “Fruit polyphenols and their effects on neuronal signaling and behavior in senescence.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Consuming about 1 cup per day is the equivalent human portion that animal studies have suggested. Here’s a bonus tip, buy wild organic frozen blueberries. New research from South Dakota State University [
These antioxidants come from compounds called anthocyanins, which give blueberries their purple hue. The ice crystals that form when the berries are frozen disrupt the structure of the plant tissue and make anthocyanins more available. The anthocyanin dye, which causes the dark blue color, crosses the blood-brain barrier to stimulate neurogenesis.
Devore. E. E., Kang, J.H., Bretellen, M. M., Grodstein, F. A. (July 2012). “Dietary intakes of berries and flavonoids in relation to cognitive decline.” Neurology. 72(1):135-43. Doi: 10.1002/ana.23594. Epub 26 Apr 2012.
2) Omega 3s. Another neurogenesis superstar is the complex of omega-3 fatty acids, found in abundance in cold water fish, including wild Alaskin salmon, coho and sockeye salmon, black cod, sablefish, sardines, and herrings. Omega-3s have been shown to dramatically increase neurogenesis and BDNF Levels. [Page 62]
Neuroscience researcher Sandrine Thuret, Ph.D., of London’s Kings College, reported a 40% increase in neurogenesis by adding omega-3’s in Science Daily in 2007. Other studies have shown impressive results in neurogenesis, elevated BDNF levels, increased in brain size, and neuroprotective benefits from omega-3s
When you consume high quality fats you are continuously rebuilding your brains’ cellular structure. Omega-3s are the highest quality fats for brain development.
3) Green Tea. Green tea contains polyphenols, the most powerful of which is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin. Green tea’s polyphenols have been shown to increase neurogenesis, BDNF levels, and to have strong health benefits ranging from cancer prevention to fat loss, plus cardiovascular benefits, immunity improvement, and glucose reduction.
Wang, Y., Li, M., Xu, X., Song, M., Tao, H., Bai, Y. “Green Tea epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) promises neural progenitor cell proliferation and sonic hedgehog pathway activation during adult hippocampal neurogenesis.”
4. Circumin. Circumin provides the yellow color in the curry spice turmeric. It has strong neurogenic effects. In addition it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound. Aging populations who consume circumin show better cognitive performance.
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Thomas DeLauer’s YouTube Channel:
Head Strong by Dave Asprey:
Exercise & Then Brain by John Ratey:
The Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle by Brant Cortright:
TEDx Talk by Mark Mattson on Fasting:
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Pique Green Tea:
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