Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Need a Brain Boost? Try Nerve Growth Factor

The brain is the control center of the body, a key part of the nervous system, and needs to be in good health to keep everything running smoothly. If your brain needs a boost, it may be you need a boost of NGF or nerve growth factor. Nerve growth factor is a protein that is produced by the NGF gene and the neurons or nerve cells need it to grow and to flourish. The brain has between 80 and 120 billion nerve cells. The nerve cells that are responsible for the transmission of pain, touch and temperature are especially dependent on this protein and without it can die. Nerve growth factor also aids in producing neurons in the central and peripheral nervous systems, repairing damaged nerves, and can prevent nervous system based diseases and conditions such as multiple sclerosis. When we don't have enough nerve growth factor or the blood brain barrier prevents the brain from getting enough to make new neurons, we need to find ways to get more than what the body naturally produces. 

Feeding Your Nerve Growth Factor
Vitamins E and B can help with nerve regeneration and production of nerve growth factor can be aided by supplementation with certain foods and supplements. Almonds and other nuts, green leafy vegetables like spinach, seeds, olives, asparagus, and eggs are all good food sources for vitamin E and vitamin B comes in foods like beans, breads, egg yolks, fish, liver, meat, dairy products, nuts, peanut butter, whole grains, poultry, beets, papaya, oranges, and lentils. Lion's Mane mushroom, also known as Hericum erinaceus, has substances such as erinacines that stimulate production of nerve growth factor and that will pass through the blood brain barrier. Research on Lion's Mane has shown it can help not only protect the nervous system and keep it healthy, but also can boost cognitive processes. An easy way to get Lion's Mane into your diet is with this algae and Lion's Mane supplement. Not only do you get the brain boosting power of Lion's Mane mushrooms, but also lots of antioxidant nutrition from noni and wheatgrass juice, bee pollen reported to have a high amino acid content useful for stimulating memory and concentration, and Gingko biloba which has been used for a long time to promote increased memory and mental concentration by increasing circulation and providing increased oxygenation of brain cells, as well as AFA bluegreen algae to feed the brain with essential fatty acids and other needed nutrients for a healthy brain.

You may never have heard of nerve growth factor before, but your brain and nervous system know all about it and how important it is to your health, brain functions and nervous system. Now that you are up to speed on how this important protein helps you, make sure you get enough when your brain needs a boost.

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Sources:
http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/NGF
http://www.foursigmafoods.com/lions-mane-nutrients-for-your-nerves 
http://nervehealthsupport.com/nerve-growth-factor/

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