Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity or neural plasticity, is an umbrella term that describes lasting change to the brain throughout an individual's life course. The term gained prominence in the latter half of the 20th century, when new research showed that many aspects of the brain can be altered (or are "plastic") even into adulthood. This notion is in contrast with the previous scientific consensus that the brain develops during a critical period in early childhood and then remains relatively unchanged (or "static").
Neuroplasticity can be observed at multiple scales, from microscopic changes in individual neurons to larger-scale changes such as cortical remapping in response to injury. However, cortical remapping is more extensive early in development. Behavior, environmental stimuli, thought, and emotions may also cause neuroplastic change through activity-dependent plasticity, which has significant implications for healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage.
At the single cell level, synaptic plasticity refers to changes in the connections between neurons, whereas non-synaptic plasticity refers to changes in their intrinsic excitability.
What Is Neuroplasticity?
“It is a physical process that explains the thickening or shrinking of the grey matter in the brain. It explains the brain’s ability to forge and refine neural connections or weaken and sever (aka “prune”) them.
“These physical changes of the brain manifest as changes in our abilities. An example; each time you learn a new dance step, new “wires” (neural pathways) are made to give instructions to our bodies on how to perform the step. Each time we forget something, e.g. someone’s name, it also represents a physical change. Neural pathways that once connected to the memory have been degraded, or even severed."
Dr. Mercola on Brain Health Nutrients:
- Vitamin D: This vitamin/hormone plays a fundamental role in brain health... Researchers have located metabolic pathways for vitamin D in the brain’s hippocampus and cerebellum, areas that are involved in planning, information processing, and memory formation. In older adults, research has shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with poorer brain function.
- Gut Health: Your gut is your "second brain;"... Abnormal gut flora has been associated with abnormal brain development. ...one of the best ways to support gut health is to consume beneficial bacteria.
- Choline: Choline reduces inflammation, plays a roll in nerve communications, and prevents the buildup of homocysteine in your blood... Eggs and meat are two of the best dietary sources of choline. If you do not consume animal foods, you may be at risk of a deficiency and want to consider supplementation.
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