The best brain cell-stimulating tricks to try. Many experts are hoping to cook up a pill you can pop to help stimulate those new cells. But you know how that goes. It could take years. And if they ever do manage to crack the code and do it, we'll likely be facing a combo of side effects and sticker shock. But lucky for us, there are already ways to encourage brain cell growth. And you don't need a pill to do it! Following are few tricks you can try, starting right now, that could help stop the decline and boost brain cell growth, also reduce inflammation, obesity, diabetes, dementia, cancer and more, with regular exercises:
- Curcumin: Curcumin is a compound found in the exotic spice turmeric. While the spice lends a beautiful golden color to many Indian dishes, it also has a rare ability. It can cross the blood-brain barrier. Once inside, curcumin has been shown to help block inflammation and fight the damage that leads to dementia. Plus, research shows it can stimulate a hormone called BDNF, which helps new neurons to form.
- Apigenin: Apigenin is a common plant compound found in foods like parsley, thyme, chamomile, and red pepper, the extract can help neurons grow and strengthen the connections between them.
- Fish oil: The omega-3 fatty acids found in a quality fish oil supplement are already proven to help with mood, memory, and more. And the higher your omega-3s, the fewer brain cells you'll lose due to aging. That means increasing your omega-3s could lead to more brain volume and more brain power. The effect equivalent to reversing 2 years of aging.
- A roll in the hay!: It turns out a stimulating love life isn't only a whole lot of fun. It could help boost your brain-cell production too, regular sex stimulates the production of extra cells in the hippocampus area of the brain. So in the name of science, why not go ahead and grab your pattern and spend some extra time in bed?
- Sleep: Speaking of the bedroom, don't forget to use that bed for its other purpose, too. Good quality sleep is critical for brain function, missing out on shut-eye can cause the internal cleanup system in our heads to go haywire. And instead of just chasing out dead and damaged cells, it can start eating away at everything. In other words, if you don't shortchange your sleep needs, you could end up with more brain cells.