Brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are caused when brain cells grow old and die. Most experts say that once brain cells are gone there's no way to make more of them.
Well, it turns out that's not true. New research shows you can actually re-build your brain cells and stay sharp at any age.
One way to build a better brain is by creating new neural pathways. You can create new pathways by doing brain exercises like crossword puzzles, playing cards, or learning a new language.
But there's also another way to re-build your brain … one that may surprise you.
Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have found that the key to keeping brain cells healthy for life is a strong immune system.
The researchers discovered that when your immune system is low, your brain can't make these essential cells that keep you sharp. But it gets even worse. When your immune system is weak, these immune cells get out of control. And instead of building your brain cells, they actually begin to cause degenerative conditions that affect the central nervous system.
However, when your immune system is strong, these immune cells remain under control. Instead of attacking your brain, they help other immune cells fight toxins from damaged and dying nerve cells. So an immune system that naturally decreases with age is directly related to a loss of memory and cognition.
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The secret to a strong memory, then, is a strong immune system.
In addition to diet and exercise, there are certain supplements you can take to support your immune system. Begin with a good, strong multivitamin – one that requires 4-6 tablets a day. You can't get enough of certain nutrients in a one-a-day multi.
I also recommend that you take medicinal mushrooms. My favorite formula is called MycoPhyto. You can learn more about MycoPhyto here.
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