Ayurveda means the science (veda) of life (ayu), and it’s one of the most ancient medical systems of human civilization. It’s an upaveda (off-shoot) of Atharvaveda (the science of well-being) and originates from the Veda, the oldest recorded texts of Indian wisdom written approximately 25,000 years ago. Ayurvedic science is based on the fundamental laws of nature and within its repository there is extensive knowledge and therapeutic approach on all diseases including brain health.
The brain is most important part of the nervous system and the most complex organ within the human body. It’s major component is fat, and the average adult brain weighs approximately 3 pounds, of which approximately 60% is fat and the remaining 40% is a combination of water, protein, carbohydrates and salts. The brain consists of a network of blood vessels and nerves which are the command center for the functions of all our organs, tissues, and cells.
Fat is essential for maintaining the integrity for all functions of the brain. A healthy brain is a state in which the function of cognitive, sensory, social-emotional, behavioral, and motor actions is not impaired. Our brains are responsible for every minute of our lives as we are constantly thinking, remembering, planning, organizing, and making decisions. To achieve the highest potential of living a healthy life of 100 years requires a rejuvenating diet and daily dinacharya based on your body type and climate.
As we age, degenerative changes occur in all parts of our bodies including our brains. These degenerative changes occur within each cell and parts of the brain may shrink due to inflammation and decreased blood flow and nutrition. The largest number of brain cells called neurons actually lack the ability to regenerate. There are symptoms related to brain cell degeneration, which includes memory loss, lack of communication and understanding, and the inability to make correct decisions.
Ayurveda recommends rejuvenating therapies to help fulfill our cherished human desire of living a healthy life for 100 years. Rejuvenating therapies help maintain healthy brain function which includes the five senses. Ayurveda suggests a unique approach of diet and nutrients to decelerate the aging of brain and nerves. There are certain Ayurvedic herbal supplements that help rejuvenate and slow the degenerative changes of the aging brain and nervous system.
Herbal Supplements for Brain Health
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