Neuroplasticity is the concept that the brain can remodel, grow, and change its function. Previously it was believed that this process ended in childhood, but research is showing that even the adult brain can form new connections. For people with trauma or impairment, neuroplasticity means that the brain can heal and recover. Neuroplasticity is facilitated by a nerve growth factor called Brain Derived Neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Fortunately, there are environmental factors that are under our control, such as exercise, diet, and supplements, that will increase levels of BDNF and increase neuroplasticity. Different neurological diseases such as mood disorders and brain trauma are associated with lower levels of BDNF so in treating these patients a focus on increasing BDNF can have a significant impact on treatment outcome. Specific medicinal herbs have been shown in research to increase BDNF and lower neuroinflammation and these can be recommended and used safely in aging patients and in those with chronic neurological disease.
- Describe the concept of neuroplasticity and why this is so important for brain health
- Learn about positive and negative influences on BDNF
- Learn about different neurological diseases including degenerative diseases, ADHD, autism, traumatic brain injury, and depression and the role that BDNF plays
Learn about natural supplements that increase BDNF in order to foster neuroplasticity and cognitive function.
Length: 55.05 minutes.
Presenter: Dr. Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH.
Terms: This course is subject to future edits and alterations.
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