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Old 04-23-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Brain Cells

I read recently (promtly forgot it again) and then reminded myself today posting to Chiro, that AFTER THE AGE OF 50 THE BRAIN DOES NOT REPRODUCE ITS BRAIN CELLS AS FAST AS BEFORE.

This might explain why it is taking me (nearly 60) 11-12 weeks to get anywhere near stabilising!

I thought this might help some other "oldies"
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:43 AM   #2
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Re: Brain Cells

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Old 05-14-2012, 07:40 AM   #3
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Re: Brain Cells

Neuroplasticity is a new area of research in neuroscience. For most of history, it was thought that the brain was a static body that didn't change once it reached maturity. Now, it's becoming more accepted that the brain will adjust to new circumstances dynamically. I think the notion that the brain calcifies as it ages may not be as true as once believed. Intuitively, I think that the brain can age, just as the rest of the body ages, but it will retain some measure of plasticity because that's how the brain works.

When we recall an event, it's not stored in the brain like a recording on a CD. Parts of the memory are stored in different parts of the brain and the whole memory is reconstructed each time we recall it. The brain literally rewires itself each time we compile a memory, making that memory more accessible in the future. Since the brain relies on plasticity to operate, some amount of flexibility has to remain, even into later years. Keeping the mind active is probably the best defense against diminishing plasticity.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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Re: Brain Cells

That is all very interesting. So are you saying that it may not be true that the brain replaces the cells slower after 50?
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:32 PM   #5
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Re: Brain Cells

I'm not sure. I kind of sidestepped that part of the question I would say that there may be some kind of slower response as we age, but the conventional wisdom that the brain is a static structure has pretty well be debunked. The corollary that older people are stuck with whatever damage/changes have been made to their brains is probably not true, either. Since the brain works by rewiring itself on the fly, it stands to reason that it would not age the same way a muscle or organ would.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:13 PM   #6
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Re: Brain Cells

At least it is good to know that damage is not permanent and that in itself is a WONDERFUL THING! You see people who have had strokes improve with time, also.

I guess the fact that it might be slower for us oldies, needs to be addressed. It make a BIG DIFFERENCE I think, especially if you are older and are trying to taper quickly, like most of us attempt to do.

It has made me realise I cannot push it and I have to give my brain the time it needs to heal.

I am also considering what it takes for my brain to make new cells! What I've come up with is the food I eat.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:15 PM   #7
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replacing damaged brain cells

I have been wondering how I can help my brain to do this, especially as I am over 50 and I have read it takes longer to replace them after 50 years of age.

Do others think the food we eat could make a difference? Has anyone noticed any improvement from eating certain foods? If so, what?
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:34 PM   #8
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Re: Brain Cells

Don't underestimate an "older" brain. I've seen miraculous things happen in the older brain. Eat well, exercise and don't worry about it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:26 AM   #9
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Re: Brain Cells

Research show that without any doubt fish oil improves brain healing
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:17 AM   #10
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Re: Brain Cells

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Research show that without any doubt fish oil improves brain healing

kool. i take my omega 3 or whatever it is called once a day - 1000mg!
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