Ever wonder where we get our bravery? Our disposition is likely a variable of our environment. However, a new study finds that the cells associated with bravery are located in the hippocampus.
Bravery is not the absence of fear but forgiving ahead despite being afraid. So how and when do we engage these specific cells in our hippocampus? Our risk-taking an anxiety are regulated by these cells.
The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for emotions, long-term memory, and spacial navigation. These prized cells emit a message of safety when in a threatening situation because of memory that precludes them from being afraid.
This finding may be interesting for the treatment of anxiety because it will enable the development of medication to treat a specific region of the brain, rather than the whole organ. Current antidepressants and anxiety medications have side effects on the entire brain. Not so good.
Another organic way to strengthen the hippocampus is to exercise. We have the capacity to grow and nurture new hippocampus cells every day. Walk off the anxiety, strengthen your brain, and embrace the bravery – drug free! Oh yes…embrace the Mediterranean Diet.
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