In 1998, neuroscientists undertook to investigate whether neurogenesis occurs in the adult human brain. They concluded that the human hippocampus retains its ability to generate neurons throughout life. Their results were published in the medical journal Nature Medicine.
While conducting their research, they discovered that the brain contains neural stem cells and progenitor cells which differentiate into brain neurons.
Since DNA ultimately controls the process of neurogenesis, there are specific genes that code for the production of various proteins called neurotrophins. These neurotrophins play a key role in the birth of new brain cells.
The birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) is highly related to neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the ability of a particular part or region of a neuron to change in strength over time. It refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses due to changes in behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, emotions, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury. Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.
Brain atrophy is a condition in which the brain is in the process of shrinking (or a limited portion of the brain is shrinking) and that little if no neurogenesis is taking place.
If you were to look at neurogenesis as a full spectrum, you would find enhanced and optimal neurogenesis and brain atrophy as polar opposites on this spectrum.
The full spectrum would reveal that in a healthy fully optimized brain there would be enhanced neurogenesis; yet in a compromised brain there would first be neuroinflammation, then at the opposite end, brain atrophy.
The E-book on Neurogenesis will examine the natural substances that can be consumed in the form of Nootropics, Nutraceuticals, Foods, Herbs and Spices to maximize the state of enhanced neurogenesis and to enhance the three (3) main neurotrophins that facilitate neurogenesis.
In addition, the subject of Brain Atrophy will be examined and the recommended substances that can be consumed to prevent and inhibit brain atrophy.