According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, we’re all born with a limited supply of brain cells. Of course a process known as neurogenesis regenerates and aids the development of fresh brain cells as we mature. However, as we age several lifestyle factors can conflict with healthy neurogenesis and kill brain cells off at an accelerated rate.
Despite the more obvious brain cell killers (i.e., taking narcotic drugs) here are six common yet rather unexpected factors that can destroy brain cells…
1. Junk Food
You’re likely aware that eating a junk food-filled diet clogs the arteries, contributes to weight gain, and damages the heart. However, neurology researchers at the University of Los Angeles, California, claim that consuming a fatty diet can also block the blood vessels in the brain, cutting off vital blood and oxygen supply, and killing brain cells.
Your brain, like your muscles and other organs, requires healthy nutrients to survive and perform optimally. When brain cells lack nutrients they starve and die off. While moderate junk food eating won’t do any major damage, the long-term consumption of processed foods high in fat, food additives (or exotoxins), and empty calories, and lacking in vital nutrients will slowly kill brain cells and impair cognitive brain development.