The second part of the three-part series on inflammation and its effects on the brain. Dr. Harrison Frank, an accomplished rehabilitation physician, founder of the Frank Institute for Health and Wellness and a former professional athlete and neurosurgeon shares his personal and professional experience and knowledge about this very important topic.
Inflammation has serious effects on the brain. The brain has its own immune system. Microglia protect the brain and spinal cord from infections and pathogens, clearing the metabolic debris. Some recent findings also say that they have a role in controlling diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
In many cases, the risks of developing inflammation which exerts its negative effects on the brain can be reduced or even eliminated by choosing a healthier lifestyle – having a better diet, more exercise, less stress.
Another aspect is the blood-brain barrier. This barrier is consisted of cells that are very selective when it comes to what gets to the brain. Now, their function is very important (actually essential), so increased and especially chronic inflammation in the brain is very dangerous as it breaks down the blood-brain barrier, making it less efficient. This means that many things that should not reach the brain actually get there, causing major issues and further aggravating the condition. Understandably, these factors make inflammation even worse, just like they would anywhere in the body, furthering the bad effects on the brain.
So, what are the effects on the brain?
All this becomes even more important when we add some recent findings to the mix. Aside from the already too familiar diseases like the mentioned Alzheimer’s or Huntington, as well as memory loss and slowing, these studies found that even depression might be an inflammatory disorder. These studies bring a lot of potential to treating these diseases and even preventing them. The findings appear daily and this is a very exciting era for brain research.
Have a look at the video below, learn how to help the brain defend itself and reduce inflammation in the safest way possible and get prepared for the third and final part coming soon…