Could Nutrition Prevent Degenerative Brain Diseases?

The 20th century boomed in medical advancements, but there is one part of the body where it lagged behind terribly. That is the physical health of the brain. Part of the reason is due to a long-standing theory that our brains don’t regenerate themselves or change once physical growth has stopped. However, in the late 20th century we discovered that our brains do actually change, and this has big implications for neurological diseases.

Some doctors have gone down the traditional allopathic disease path using our new knowledge to combat degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but the doctor that discovered that our brains do have their own stem cells and can regenerate has taken a different approach, nutrition, to fight these diseases.

The core idea that Dr. Dennis Steindler is addressing is how those stem cells can be activated to create healthy brain cells without overproducing and becoming cancerous. He believes that part of the reason why brain cells go bad is because of inflammation. The hypothesis is that if he can control inflammation of the brain, then troublesome byproducts of that process can stay out of the brain and prevent neurological degeneration, and he wants to use nutrition to try to make that happen.

The research is still in its very early stages, but finding a way to control, prevent, or even cure these horrible diseases through our dietary habits would be a tremendous breakthrough and further proof that food really is medicine.

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