Not long ago, Rita Levi-Montalcini celebrated her 103rd birthday. During the festivities, she made a speech. And in that speech, she said: “my mental capacity is greater today than when I was 20.”
Normally when I read a story like this, I smile and I say “God bless her.” And then I turn the page. But in this case, I took Rita’s comments very seriously. And so did the rest of the medical world.
You see, Rita was no ordinary senior citizen. She was a famous doctor who devoted her life to studying the human brain. In fact, her brain discoveries were so important that they earned her the Nobel Prize in medicine!
A Discovery That’s Changing the World
Dr. Levi-Montalcini won the Nobel Prize for discovering a protein called nerve growth factor (NGF). Since her discovery, hundreds of studies have been done on NGF. These studies show that NGF has a whole host of benefits:
- It reverses age-related memory loss and cognitive decline.
- It helps with the survival and maintenance of brain cells.
- It protects and repairs damaged brain cells.
- And it prevents your brain from shrinking as you get older.
One study showed it worked even for patients who had severe brain shrinkage. In the study, scientists first had the patients take MRI scans, which showed that their brains had shrunk significantly. They then implanted capsules that released NGF into the patients’ bodies.
After 12 months, they had the patients take an MRI again. What they found amazed them. They found that NGF was able to block and significantly slow down the brain shrinkage!
A Simple Way to Boost NGF
Obviously, you wouldn’t want to constantly go to the hospital to have a capsule implanted in you. That’s why scientists were hoping to find an easier way to boost NGF levels. So they pored over the medical literature, and examined hundreds of nutrients shown to support brain health.
After carefully analyzing all the nutrients, they shortlisted 33 that looked most promising. They then tested these nutrients against each other. And they found one nutrient that stood head and shoulders above the others at raising NGF levels.
What is this nutrient? It’s an antioxidant called Luteolin. Luteolin has been shown to not only boost NGF, but also improve memory and learning ability.
In one study, a group of mice was fed either a luteolin-rich diet or a control diet. After 4 weeks, the mice were put in a water maze. They had to swim through the maze, and find a hidden exit to get out of the maze.
Result? The mice fed luteolin were able to exit the maze much faster than the control group. But what’s really surprising was, the older mice on the luteolin diet did even better than the younger mice!
And that’s not all luteolin does. It also…