4 October 2017
Brain Health for Adults: Interesting New Research Findings – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford
Can you grow new brain cells as an adult? The short answer is yes, you certainly can!
New medical research has demonstrated that adults can in fact develop new brain cells. Prior to these findings, it was believed that new brain cells could only grow in developing brains.
The hippocampus, located in the centre of the brain, is an important organ for learning, memory, mood and emotion. The hippocampus is where new neurons can be generated. As we lose neurons with age, they are being replaced.
The research clearly points to ways to increase the quality and quantity of this neuron building in the adult brain, including:
- learning new skills and ability both creatively and academically;
- physical activity;
- kilojoule restriction by 20%;
- intermittent fasting (3 -4 hours between meals);
- consumption of flavonoids (found in dark chocolate or blueberries); and
- consumption of omega fatty acids (fatty fish )
Stress, lack of quality sleep and a diet high in saturated fat decreases the production of new neurons.
In summary, all adults including those with disabilities can maximise neuron growth by adhering to a healthy diet, regular exercise and learning new skills. Interchange Australia offers clients the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities such as music, drama, cooking, walking, golf, tenpin bowling and much more.
To find out more about how Interchange Australia can assist you to keep your brain healthy, please call one of our friendly and experienced consultants on 1300 112 334.