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How Mastication (Chewing) Improves Brain Function

Mastication, or chewing, can play a huge part in stimulating our brain for enhanced cognitive function. That’s because there is a large number of neural connections running from our mouth to our brain. Quite a significant part of our brain is dedicated to interpreting somatosensory information and to orchestrating the motor movements of our lips, mouth, […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, which causes a progressive loss of synapses and neurons, gradually leading to cognitive impairment and dementia. One feature or sign of Alzheimer’s Disease is the deposits of amyloid-β (Aβ) plagues outside of the cells. Another feature of Alzheimer’s Disease is the tangling of neurofibrillary hyperphosphorylated tau proteins. Both […]

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Neurotrophins

Neurotrophins are a family of proteins that influence neurons through cell signaling. Specifically, neurotrophins bind to a cell’s receptors to “send a message” to the cells, and thereby cause a reaction or change from the cell. And neurotrophins bind to two classes of receptors: the p75, and the Trk families of Tyrosine kinase receptors. p75 […]

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