August Brain Facts

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Brain experts agree that although our knowledge of the brain has changed drastically in recent years, there is more to learn.

Here are our top fascinating brain facts of the month:

  1. The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat. We’ve learned in recent years that fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform. Clinical observation studies has related imbalance dietary intake of fatty acids to impaired brain performance and diseases.
  2. Every time your heart beats, your arteries carry 20 to 25 percent of your blood to the brain. The harder you think, the more oxygen and fuel your brain will use from your blood – up to 50 percent.
  3. Although neurons are the longest living cells in the body, large numbers of them die during migration and differentiation. Brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s are the result of unnatural neuronal death.

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Learn more brain facts at NCBI and NIH.