Nutrition in Neuroscience Part 1 | Mastering Nutrition #53

Nutrition in Neuroscience Part 1 | Mastering Nutrition #53

Nutrition has a HUGE impact on your brain!

Everything in your brain is something you ate, something you made from something you ate, or, in a few cases, something your mother ate. Nutrition impacts your mental and emotional health, the function of your five senses, and your conscious and unconscious control over your body movements.

Join me as I lead you in a safari through the textbook, “Neuroscience,” pointing out along the way all the interesting connections to nutrition. Listen in for part 1 on the basic cellular functions of neurons!

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  1. Good info!! You forgot to mention the most important nutrient to make ATP, which is phosphorus!! I would be careful about eating to much cholesterol. It tends to stay in your cell walls and effects the entrance of glucose in body cells and cholesterol may be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease. If I had myelin problems, I would be sure to get enough pantothenic acid to make acetyl Coenzyme A and that would make your nerve cholesterol.
    When you are ready, I would like to see you put out a video on how nutritional biochemistry can help or cure Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, AHDH, schizophrenia and memory loss!!

  2. Regarding the processing of visual information, there’s a great documentary called “Tim’s Vermeer”, where around the 42min mark they talk about how the optic nerve has limited bandwidth, and that the retina is an actual outgrowth of the brain allowing much of the visual data to be pre-processed before ever traveling to the ‘main’ brain.

    E.J. Chichilnisky echoes the sentiment in the After On Podcast (16m) and Neurotech podcast, where he explains that within the retina, there are photo-receptors input neurons (ex. intensity-rods/color-cones) that convert light to electrical analog signals (~100 levels), which is then sent to a 2nd stage of retinal processing lateral neurons (bipolar (~12) / horizontal (~2)/ amacrine), which finally communicate to the ~1 million ganglion cells that ultimately output the information to the brain.

    Within the Ganglion, there’s an intermingled-mix of ~20 types of neuron retinal cells (ex. parasol, midget, etc), and like a Photoshop filter, each type transmits different information about the image, to a different part deep into the brain. As you age, the area surrounding the photo-receptors (nurturing retinal pigment epithelium cells) die off, which cause photo-receptors to die and and give rise to Macular Degeneration.. the processing neurons also start to become de-regulated (dementia-like).

    Chichilnisky’s lab is working on restoring vision by directly stimulating (electrically instead of chemically) each of the 20 types of Ganglion cells in order to make them generate the normal output pulses to the brain!

  3. God bless you Chris Masterjohn. Thank you many many times than I can possibly say for all your efforts in educating us.

  4. As a brain injury survivor, a lot of the upcoming topics you mentioned at the start will be quite relevant for me–can’t wait to learn more!

    For this first episode, I have a question. It’s not related to the content, but is about a product mentioned in one of the ads: The US Wellness liverwurst sounds like the best possible way to get organ meats into my diet; roughly how often should a person have some, and what would be a reasonable serving size?

    Thanks for all you do, and keep up the good work!

  5. This motivated me to eat a larger quantity and variety of organs. I already consume liver but nothing beats nose to tail.

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