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April 28, 2013

RunSynaptic Plasticity – The Key to Your Brain’s Future
By Byron J. Richards (2012)

How does your brain bounce back from intense stress?  When will your subconscious brain start believing you should actually be that weight you desire?  And why is it you just can’t seem to break that bad habit?  The answers may lie in how flexible or “plastic” your brain structures are.

A new study shows that synaptic plasticity – the ability of the connection or synapse between two neurons to change in strength because of either use or lack of use – is a key feature of nerve architecture that enables your brain to tolerate stress, recover from trauma, and make changes. 

Synaptic plasticity is based on having well-nourished and properly energized brain cells, compared to inflamed brain cells that have become damaged and “stuck in their ways.”

The health of your nerve cell membranes is vital to their plasticity.  Higher amounts of essential fatty acids like DHA Docosahexaenoic acid Essential omega 3 fatty acid integral to the health of all cell membranes, nerve and brain function. Must be gotten through the diet via cold water oceanic fish or some very limited plant sources or taken as a supplement., and phospholipids like phosphatidylserine and calcium AEP are vital to the healthy structure of nerve cells. 

Many other nutrients either protect nerve cells from stress (tocotrienols or R-alpha lipoic acid) or directly boost the rejuvenation energy of brain-related rejuvenation compounds like BDNF (DHA Docosahexaenoic acid Essential omega 3 fatty acid integral to the health of all cell membranes, nerve and brain function. [These] must be gotten through the diet via cold water oceanic fish or some very limited plant sources or taken as a supplement (pantethine, blueberries, curcumin).

Regular aerobic exercise also stimulates brain plasticity.

 Aerobic fitness improves the flow of blood to your brain, thus enabling nutrients and oxygen to arrive at higher levels.  New science also shows that aerobic exercise stimulates the production of a natural protein, BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), in turn making new brain cells and new brain cell connections.

There is a higher level of potential brain plasticity throughout all of childhood and even into you adulthood.  Aerobic fitness, good nutrition, and problem solving skills are the keys to help any person have a better chance for success.

Use enough nutritional support and have a lifestyle and stress management plan that keeps your head above the fray.  You’ll be able to tell because you’ll have a distinct feeling of being in charge, your head will be mostly clear and feel good, and you’ll lack feelings of wear and tear, mental fatigue, or weak motivational drive.

Sources: http://www.wellnessresources.com/health/articles/synaptic_plasticity_,
http://www.wellnessresources.com/health/articles/aerobic_fitness_makes_teens_smarter/

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