How To Produce More Brain Cells – The Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle by Brant Cortright


How to produce more brain cells. The
content of this video is based upon the book titled the Neurogenesis Diet and
Lifestyle, authored by Brant Cortright. The book summarizes our current
knowledge about how we can influence our brains neurogenesis, which is the
production of new neurons. It was previously believed that we stopped
creating new brain cells once we became adults. Science has proven this to be
false and coined the term brain plasticity. The brain is flexible,
everything we experience is constantly changing and shaping our brains to some
degree. The hippocampus might sound like it’s part of a college for hippos, but
it’s actually an important part of the brain, responsible for learning and
retaining new knowledge. Certain factors that you will learn about in this video
can have a big impact on the activity and brain mass of your hippocampus, and
the size of it is directly related to the level of neurogenesis. You can
increase your rate of neurogenesis at any age, and in the reference studies it
was possible to increase it by up to 500 percent. So, how can we increase our
production of new brain cells? The book categorizes these things in five areas:
diet, body, heart, mind, and spirit. Let’s take a closer look at each of these,
starting with the diet. The four most powerful dietary neurogenesis factors
are blueberries, omega-3 fatty acids ALA, DHA, and EPA, which are found in fish
or krill oil. By the way, if you’re vegan you should look into supplementing with
algae, because flaxseed oil is not adequate. Next up is epigallatecatechin gallate, or EGCG for short, which is a powerful polyphenols found in green tea.
However, chronic caffeine intake is detrimental to neurogenesis, so the
author recommends taking decaffeinated extract supplements. And lastly, curcumin,
a compound found in turmeric. Other food compounds and supplements that stimulate
neurogenesis include quercetin, vitamin e, grapeseed extract,
ginseng root, ginkgo biloba, goji berries, rhodiola rosea root, and lotus root. Let’s
move on to the body category. Exercise can massively increase your neurogenesis,
specifically exercise that increases your heart rate, for example high
intensity interval training. Other things include sex, proper sleep, music, silence,
sounds of nature, and simply being in nature, and lastly novelty and new
sensory experiences. The heart category is about emotions. Feeling good,
experiencing joy, love, interest, excitement, essentially positive emotions.
Of course nobody feels these things all the time, but optimally you should be
experiencing these things often. Relationships are huge influencers.
Positive relationships breed neurogenesis, while negative ones that
cause stress, anger, or anxiety, decrease neurogenesis. Feeling love increases
neurogenesis by the means of oxytocin, the hormone associated with love and
physical contact. When it comes to the mind we have learning, reading, writing,
problem solving, complex work that involves using cognitive abilities,
discussing ideas, musical training, and also mentioned in the book was that
there seems to be a very strong link between how much you use your mind early
during your life and the prevalence of Alzheimer’s later in life. For example,
nuns that were teachers had much lower chances of developing Alzheimer’s than
nuns that didn’t teach. This is called cognitive reserve. In the spirit category
we find mindfulness meditation, where you pay attention to your breathing, and
compassion meditation, which involves wishing wellness to others. Prayer can
also have a similar effect to compassion meditation. I want to end this video with
a list of things that decrease your rate of neurogenesis, and that you
should avoid if you want a healthy brain. These are: chronically elevated blood
sugar levels, high amounts of carbohydrates, sugar, overeating,
inflammatory foods such as fried foods, cooking oils, and factory farmed meat,
eggs, and dairy. Chronic caffeine intake, smoking, alcohol, obesity, stress, despair
lack of engagement, depression. Blows to the head can be devastating to the brain.
In fact a single concussion doubles a person’s chances of getting Alzheimer’s
later in life. Chemical and environmental pollution also play a role, for example
mercury which is found in many fish, is the second most neurotoxic substance in
the world. And lastly, deprivation of sensory
stimulation or emotional nourishment, basically living a boring life, not
experiencing interesting things, never doing anything new and living every day
exactly the same. And by the way, excessive TV is also linked to increased
risk of Alzheimer’s. I put countless hours into creating this video, so I
truly hope you enjoyed it. Links to the book and some of the mentioned
supplements can be found in the video description below. If you enjoy this
type of video and would like to see more, subscribe to this channel. I’ll see you
in the next one!

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100 thoughts on “How To Produce More Brain Cells – The Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle by Brant Cortright”

  1. A Dwayn says:

    Who came after James Charless videos?

  2. Joseph Abarado says:

    Great content. Thanks!

  3. Joe Stockton says:

    So basically if you're a U.S citizen and you're under the age of 10 in 2019; you're going to start experiencing symptoms of Alzheimers before you're 30 years old.

  4. LYLE KNISLEY says:

    All I need to do is cut off sugar find sex, I should be okay then?

  5. Miguel mejia says:


  6. D. Smith says:

    Great content and entertaining to boot. Worth every brain cell to make!

  7. Zetsuke4 says:

    WTF? never heard of such a thing wow

  8. Zetsuke4 says:

    If there's new brain cells we keep old ones and its data and info right?

  9. GlowingMpd says:

    Best part of this video was 2:45. Lose the distractingly annoying and unnecessary music!

  10. gautam romeo says:


  11. Lou Senne says:

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. Komal Kuyaba says:

    Awesome video👍

  13. yazmin gutierrez says:

    This is false. You can’t grow more brain cells by eating healthy and exercising. I’ve actually studied human anatomy, that’s why I’m saying this. After your peek, around 21 you actually lose brain cells as you get older. . just part of biology, kinda like aging. Brain cells and fat cells don’t reproduce/replicate like the other cells. Once they die they’re dead and you’re not getting them back (after peek). Sure you can improve your way of thinking, and minimize activities that could be harmful to your brain health but you can NOT produce more brain cells by doing any of this. The only people who’d fall for this is people ignorant about simple functions of the brain.

  14. Ashley Victoria says:

    Boring, repetitive jobs kill neurogenisis!

  15. Dimi Tsioubris says:

    Bollocks, my father was very intelligent, he used to read a lot despite his working routine which was exhausting and still he died by altzhaimer

  16. Babar Tahir says:

    Summary: eat right, exercise, socialize,
    don’t spend excessive time on smartphone

    Got it👍

  17. doreiku says:

    Posi- what? Nah, sorry, impossible in this world.

  18. just Bfree says:

    Can I just have more sex and skip the blueberries? 🤣

  19. Aiden Cross says:

    Have you even looked up the cofefe act

  20. Berkana says:

    This video: Get EPA and DHA from fish oil
    Also this video: Mercury exposure, from fish harms brain cells and neurogenesis.

    That recommendation you gave to vegans, about getting their EPA and DHA from algae oil, isn't just for vegans. Everyone would do better to get their EPA and DHA from algae rather than from fish, which bio-accumulate other toxins, such as mercury. Fish don't make these oils, they get it from algae too. Now that we can just grow the algae in purified water and harvest the algae, there's no point in getting these oils from fish based sources.

  21. Bryan Enzu says:

    Everyone is talking about their caffeine but no one is talking about getting hit in the head. I love so much sports combats but these are terrible news.

  22. Zane Carmichael says:

    One word ghee

  23. Pencil Boot says:

    Shout out to the dumb ppl tryna get smart, I’m one of them

  24. Desmond Low says:

    Antidepressants increase neurogenesis

  25. Padawan Atodon says:

    1mg – 2mg dosage of nicotine lozenges or nicotine gum enhances memory and prevents Alzheimer’s in old age.

  26. joe olivarez says:

    Thanks for info

  27. Ropeboyo - Full streams and assorted lunacy says:

    "Do s3x and your brain will get big duuude"

    is ugly

    Shit, guess I'll have to try something else

  28. ERROR sAnS says:

    Uhh where are your citations there are no sources for research papers and you can create new brain cells but only with stem cells

  29. ERROR sAnS says:

    What you’ve essentially explained is how to set your brain into an information gathering mode or making your subconscious become primed for taking in knowledge no supplements really needed mostly just exercise

  30. Gina Constantinidou says:

    great video

  31. Y4MES says:

    Novelty and "new sensory experiences" grow more brain cells ay?

    Yet another little hint on how psychedelics grow new brain cells through BDNF and Serotonin.

  32. Big Bird says:

    Excellent, very well done and informative.

  33. Qamar Zia says:

    100 % right.

  34. faheem basha says:

    Amazingly superb

  35. Delsin Rowe says:

    Bruh i had nothing of use of extraa braincells!

  36. Christopher says:

    It's got the expanding brain meme on the cover, it's got to be right 😉

  37. Bill Cipher says:

    How I going to do sex if I’m a loner sh############t well I got to make my imaginary friend or female of course:)

  38. schismatic37 says:

    why did you put Trump saying Covfefe on the TV for a "boring life" ? 🤔
    that's mass level drama, Baby 😂
    Trump's run has been a battle of the Establishment against Trump.. Society as we know it is at a turning point.. and you called it boring 😂

  39. Sausage N Bellenz says:

    You can't produce more brain cells than you already have can you🤔 survey if that was true does that go for all cells or nerves in the body??

  40. Sausage N Bellenz says:

    Novelty an sensory experience. So big penis 🤷. It's got all the benifits.

  41. Mildly Insane says:

    So everything positive increases neurogenesis. So neurogenesis is a hippie who read the book the secret or some shit right?

  42. Panagiotis Liakos says:

    There was no real need for the antiTrump covfefe insert in 5.20

  43. Cosmic Kryptonian says:

    5:17 OBEY.

  44. Chaotic Neutral says:

    ahh not my Keto coffee! 😮

  45. Whitney Jaudian says:

    "Living exactly the same; never experiencing something new"

    That's it. I'm going mountain climbing tomorrow

  46. rene L says:

    Sees the last one.
    Throws laptop in dumpster like Rick swanson

  47. Singing Fart says:

    Damn …..he discribe my life at the end

  48. Lamar Brown says:

    How to grow more Brain Cells? Learning Studying And Practicing N.L.P= Neuro Linguistic Programming🧠⚛️🌍✅

  49. Dead X says:

    The amount of music I listen and the amount to which I fap(master bate)everyday is enough to make me einstein but why I am not getting results

  50. Functional Fanatics says:

    Super Cold water

  51. Amanda B says:

    Smh you really shouldnt be telling people to decrease their intake of "carbohydrates" for optimal brain development. You need to be specific, REFINED carbohydrates" because our brains need complex carbs like the ones we find in most of the foods you mentioned in the beginning

  52. Mitch Gainz says:

    “Hello and welcome to my guide….”

  53. Tahamul Soomro says:


  54. DEAN SATI says:

    I need this before school starts

  55. Kristin Meeow says:

    This video is really good. I just subscribed

  56. Derrek Landauer says:

    Just want to point out that sugar is a carbohydrate.

  57. ndabuko luvuno says:

    you forgot about Psilocybin

  58. Sandra Noneofyourbusiness says:


  59. Naruto Uzumaki says:

    wow 500% reminds of the scene in a movie when they says double times 0 is still 0 here is like double times 0.0000000001 is still 0

  60. First Last says:

    Why is flaxseed oil not adequate? Explain or cite your sources

  61. First Last says:

    Why is flaxseed oil not adequate? Explain or cite your sources

  62. Brianna 08 says:

    “Factory farmed meat eggs and dairy” lol or just any meat eggs and dairy
    Whats the difference other than how much they’re tortured

  63. Annie Chen says:

    The neurogenesis diet is what most Chinese eat very often. No wonder Chinese are said to be the smartest 😂😂

  64. Elex says:

    I chorkled at the Kardashian "break the internet" and Trump "kofefe"

  65. Replenish Rewire says:

    You forgot fasting….

  66. g guy says:

    what if religion was used to exercise the mind/brain?…(only reason)

  67. 11:47 says:

    Lions Mane also works. I take it everyday

  68. Lg Hammer says:

    Amazing job producing this video, thanks a bunch 🙂

  69. Wrds Mth says:

    But I love coffee

  70. Kamogelo Mnikelo Manana says:

    Smoking 🙁

  71. Higginz1991 says:

    From experience, I think self-improvement videos ought to have a disclaimer: Don't get carried away. A lot of the purported effects mentioned are born from a lifetime of bad habits, not overnight. You're not getting brain cancer if you just sat at home this week or you've had a boring routine for the past year.

    Likewise, necking a gallon of green tea tomorrow morning is not going to turn you super-sayan. It's small investments over a lifetime that will obtain the desired effects. While you may not be doing everything right, you're not doing it all wrong either.

  72. Luis Matta says:

    excellent video

  73. trapqueen says:

    i killed all my brain cells playing roblox helpp

  74. Shamrose Kjan says:

    Loved it

  75. Paul Haley says:


  76. Red Dragon says:

    Solid copy, this video. Excellent.

  77. Roshan Saji says:

    Excellent video. Very well made and informative. Please make more such videos….preferably on time management and organizing one's life

  78. 407 Atkinson says:

    You told us to eat fish then told us not to eat fish, nice video tho

  79. Mason K says:

    instructions unclear, developed a brain tumor.

  80. Phymac 7 says:

    I bet many have must been mistaken boring life part..some are der who wants peace in themselves..who are self satisfied..they need not need to go out here and der😅😅..They can just chill anywhere anytime..if they feel they wanna go they will 💯✌️❣️if not they won't👍

  81. Shoaib Salim says:

    Good job mate. Such an information rich video. Props to you dude.

  82. Jonty K. says:

    I guess everybody knows this

  83. Dont Stop says:

    boring life? do you mean the occidental sheep life style.

  84. Mohamed Salah Sayed says:

    That was neat 🙂
    5 m long but at least 2 days worth of research and analysis …… thank you so much ; )

  85. Asko Comment says:

    Yea, im gonna ask some girls for sex,to improve my brain… Will use this video for prove i dont joke. Tnx alot.

  86. 2pacLEGEND says:

    This music decreased my brain cells

  87. The Dark Knight says:



  88. JL Cubes says:

    I lost 14 brain sels because memeems

  89. Nathan Nat Figgers says:

    Come on, by this logic my brain should be half the size

  90. Eliza Broekere says:

    Well done! I mean excellent work!

  91. Sumin2k says:

    Bro I think positive and negative emotions support neourogenesis,being depressed and anxiety will also Change the brain

  92. Omniscient 157 says:


  93. Ethan Duff says:

    Someone who tried this does it work

  94. Kenzilla Da Thrilla says:

    Great video .. It is both humbling and epowering like everything i love to observe and experience

  95. Uzumaki Ariel says:

    Are there 600+ haters or do they just dislike the idea of change to the brain

  96. parepalli sujana says:

    Very new to us. And very valuable

  97. DaVinci says:

    Magic mushrooms

  98. Michael Warwavesyn says:

    Jesus, all those alzheimers risks. Should not have watched this video

  99. DarkHypex says:

    I don't have emotions I don't remember last time I smiled

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