Supplement To Increase Nerve Growth Factor

by admin on September 9, 2014

What Is Nerve Growth Factor?

Nerve growth factor is a small protein that is secreted for the purpose of growth, maintenance and survival of nerve cells. NGF also is important in message signaling between nerve and as a result is vital for optimal cognitive function. The brain is made up of about 100 billion nerve cells, which communicate to each other. Think of the development stage between the time you were a fetus all the way through adulthood. What is it that caused the development and growth of all these nerves? Indeed it is NGF that is responsible for the growth of the brain and the entire nervous system. Once the brain and remaining nervous system is fully developed, NGF production sharply declines. This leaves us vulnerable to an inevitable degeneration of the central (brain/spinal cord) and peripheral (nerves through the rest of the body) nervous systems through adulthood. A degeneration or lack of proper development of this system of the body certainly contributes to dementia, multiple sclerosis, depression, schizophrenia, autism, anorexia and bulimia nervosa, among other diseases. This results in decline in brain function with age and a decline in quality of life (QOL). QOL decreases drastically because we experience our existence through our nervous systems. Our nervous systems comprise all of our senses and thought processes. Without your nervous system to sense and think, you would have no human experience here on earth. This is why the nervous system is the major human system that I care for above all other systems of my body.
So what can be done about the degeneration of the nervous system? Can nerve growth factor production be returned to youthful levels? Believe it or not, there are foods and nutrients on this planet which, when consumed, drastically increase nerve growth factor production in the body and brain. This is extremely powerful because even an injection of pure NGF will not benefit the brain. This is because it cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. NGF must be created inside the brain in order to regenerate the brain. This is why “natural” is the only way to go with NGF. We must feed the body in a way that will cause the brain and nervous system to produce an abundance of NGF. This will result in a maintenance and even regeneration of the nerves throughout the body, regardless of age.

Foods And Supplements To Increase NGF

There are plenty of studies showing certain individual nutritional supplements to significantly increase nerve growth factor production in the body. If one was to combine all of these well studied supplements and consistently consume them into old age, the long term results would be dramatically beneficial in terms of brain function and quality of life. In the central nervous system, benefits would be experienced in working and spatial memory, reduced anxiety and increased learning capacity. In the peripheral nervous system, conditions benefited would include multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy as well as any condition where the nerves of the body have been damaged, chronic or acute trauma. Let us look at these brain food/supplements.

Supplement to increase nerve growth factor

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

1. Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium Erinaceus)- The lion’s mane mushroom is my personal favorite food specific to brain function and regeneration. Not only is this a powerful medicinal mushroom, it is also a revered culinary mushroom which tastes similar to lobster when cooked with butter. The NGF stimulating active compounds in this mushroom are called hericenones and erinacines. These compounds have been studied multiple times to stimulate neurite outgrowth in the brain. Here is one of these studies.

2. Ashitaba (Ashitaba Keiskei)- This is a plant native to Japan which has been used as a longevity tonic for at least 2,000 years. This plant has extremely rare flavonoid antioxidants in it called chalcones. Chalcones are not found outside of the angelica family of plants, which ashitaba is a part of. One study showed a 20% increase in nerve growth factor after just four days of ashitaba consumption. Ashitaba is also an adaptogenic plant, combining all of these factors, ashitaba is one of my top anti-aging herbs. To learn more about ashitaba, check out this article.

Supplement to increase nerve growth factor

Ashitaba plant

3. Acetyl-L-Carnitine Arginate + Acetyl-L-Carnitine- Carnitine is a dipeptide naturally found in the human body that plays an important role in nerve health. While this does not actually stimulate nerve growth factor, this combination of carnitine analogues has been studied to mimic NGF in the brain, providing the same benefits of nerve growth. This study shows how acetyl-l-carnitine creates NGF receptors in the brain while acetyl-l-carnitine arginate mimics NGF in the brains, providing powerful neurotrophic effects.
There are many other nerve supplements to mention but these are my top three right now that I wanted to share. I believe the combination of these three will serve as an extremely effective nerve growth stimulator and long term brain tonic.

Additional Tips

When taking lion’s mane mushroom, or any other medicinal mushroom, always take it with at least a small dosage of vitamin C. This drastically enhances the absorption of mushrooms and most other supplements as well. Another option for increasing absorption would be consuming a proteolytic enzyme like bromelain. Consuming bromelain comes with its own dramatic healing and anti aging benefits. Increasing absorption is vital to get your dollars worth out of you supplements.
One more tip – for greatest benefit, take these and all supplements 3-5 times throughout the day. This insures that you always have the active compounds in your bloodstream. This is an especially important tip if you usually consume a handful of supplements once or twice a day. Spreading it out more evenly will increase absorption as well as time of exposure to the therapeutic compounds.


Ashitaba Health Benefits

by admin on September 3, 2014

Ashitaba, botanically known as angelica keiskei, is a perennial plant under the genus angelica, native to a volcanic island off of Japan. Ashitaba literally means “Tomorrow’s Leaf”. This name refers to its speed of regenerating after harvesting leaves. When a leaf is harvested at the break of day, the result is often a new sprout overnight. Ashitaba has been used as a longevity tonic for at least 2,000 years. It has just recently been surging as an amazing scientifically backed anti-aging herb, which is what I will be discussing in this article.

health benefits of ashitaba

Ashitaba plant

Ashitaba=Nerve Growth Factor – You CAN Grow New Brain Cells

Ashitaba has been studied to increase the body’s production of nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF was responsible for developing your brain from conception all the way to adulthood. In your 30s, NGF is closer to nonexistent in your brain tissue, BUT, it can be turned back on via consumption of ashitaba. This is an extremely rare property of any food and should be taken advantage of.

Increasing NGF results in improved growth, survival and repair of neurons in the brain. NGF increases axonal branching as well as length. Diminished NGF leads to degeneration of the brain and also decreased cognitive function.  Increasing NGF improves nerve signaling, social communication as well as motor and cortical function. I am personally always consuming ashitaba as part of my natural NGF stack for increasing brain function, intelligence, memory, reaction time as well as re-growing nerves that I have lost through martial arts brain trauma.

ashitaba health benefits

NGF stimulates nerve growth in the brain

Ashitaba The Adaptogen

Adaptogenic plants are those that desensitize the body and its cells from non-specific stress. This means that consuming adaptogens keeps the body youthful by protecting every cell in the body from the stresses of toxins, sleep deprivation, overworking, intense exertion, drugs, anxiety, allergies, trauma and extreme temperatures, among other stresses. This is why adaptogens have been among the top longevity tonics for many thousands of years of human history. I would put ashitaba above even the most well known adaptogens such as ginseng. To see a herbal focused article which further describes adaptogens, check out this article. To learn about the SINGLE most powerful adaptogenic herb on the planet, read this article.

Ashitaba’s Powerful, Unique Antioxidants

Ashitaba contains a specific type of flavonoid (antioxidant family in green tea) called chalcones. Chalcones are only found in the angelica family and are extremely rare in nature. In my studies, these rare compounds often bring powerful health benefits and should be seeked out and used as medicine. This balances the nutrient intake and benefits the body in that chalcones protect and heal in a way that is unique. Every plant contains flavonoids but very few plants contain chalcones.

Most Powerful Antioxidant

Ashitaba was studied to have more antioxidant power than any other herb tested, including green tea. Antioxidants prevent oxidation in the body which prevents aging.Think of oxidation as the rusting of iron. In this analogy, the iron would be the cells in your body. Think of the antioxidants as a paint that protects the iron from the oxygen which will age and rust it. This is one aspect which makes ashitaba one of the most powerful anti aging herbs.

Organic Germanium Source

Germanium is a bit harder to find, especially in modern foods. Ashitaba is a great source of this healing and protecting mineral. Germanium activates the immune system which is vital for anti-aging efforts. Germanium also acts as a radioprotector in the body. This means that it protects the cells from radiation. Seeing that over 2,000 nuclear explosions have occurred on the surface of earth in the past 100 years – I would say that this is extremely important if we hope to find out how long we are supposed to live. Another benefit we need to look at is germanium’s detoxifying effects. It has a unique ability to detoxify the body, specifically, to chelate toxic heavy metals from the body.


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