BDNF a.k.a. "Miracle-Gro For Your Brain"
BDNF or Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor is a protein produced by your body with the job of helping it repair damaged neuron while also assisting in growing new ones. In his book "Spark" Harvard Neuropsychiatrist John Ratey called BDNF "Miracle-Gro For Your Brain".
Unfortunately, if left unchecked, BDNF levels in the body tend to decrease overtime leaving your body with reduced resources to fight back the neuro-degenerating. Aging, stress, insufficient sleep, inactivity, and high sugar diets have all been shown to decrease BDNF levels in the body. While intense exercise, calorie restriction, and consuming coffee fruit antioxidants have been shown to increase BDNF levels in the body.