5 habits that promote the regeneration of neurons

After all, the hippocampus generates neurons throughout life.

For a long time science believed that the human being was born with a finite number of neurons that once exhausted could not be replaced, yet science has progressed and after all the truth is different.

Neurons regenerate throughout life, as long as we treat ourselves as we should. This newly discovered process goes by the name of adult neurogenesis, because the brain makes new neurons that complete those that were developed at the time of the fusion of the ovum and the spermatozoid.

Sandrine Thuret is a neuroscientist at King’s College London and one of the world’s leading neurogenesis researchers. According to her, the hippocampus continues to generate fundamental neurons for the processes of learning and memory throughout life. Thuret stresses that these processes are reinforced by the adoption of healthy living habits.


1. Aerobic exercise

It was Finnish scientists at the University of Jyvaskyla who discovered that this is one of the best ways to increase neurogenesis. Running and endurance exercises will help, but fast walks are enough 5 times a week.


2. Healthy and varied food

Flavonoids are seen as foods that facilitate adult neurogenesis. Green tea, purple grapes and foods rich in antioxidants should be included in the diet to prevent cell degeneration.


3. Sex

A study published by the US National Library of Medicine has shown that the hippocampus produces new neurons when the body has continued sex because cognitive function improves.


4. stress under control

It is determinant for the correct functioning of the brain, for neuronal plasticity and for the promotion of neurogenesis processes. Scientists at the University of Oregon say that meditation is a practice that generates new neurons in adulthood. In conclusion: a few minutes a day to “empty your head” will help the brain in the short, medium and long term.


5. Active Mind

Learning creates links between different regions of the brain, which is important to prevent their deterioration. It is advisable to read a lot, maintain good social interactions and constantly stimulate the brain.

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Author: Deborah Odejide

She is a US-based Nigerian, a physician in the Department of Dermatology at the Sensix College of Medicine in Charleston. She was formerly a zoologist with a special interest in how animals communicate using chemical smells.

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