5 things that can kill your brain cells

Smoking, air pollution, pesticides and other things that are damaging your brain cells.

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Things That Can Kill Your Brain Cells

Your brain is one of the most delicate organs of your body, and you need to take good care of it. Some foods can actually destroy your brain cells. Take note.

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Smoking: Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide. This is a potentially lethal gas since it attaches to the heme (iron) part of your blood and does not allow it to carry oxygen to other organs including your brain. The lack of oxygen to the brain can kill brain cells, says Dr Ajay Gupta consultant Apollo Hospitals, Delhi .

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Alcohol: A study performed at Rutgers University found that moderate to binge drinking (drinking less during the week and more on the weekends) damages the structural integrity of the adult brain and reduces the production of brain cells by about 40% [1]. Still want to have that drink?

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Pesticides: Almost all the fruits and vegetables we buy and eat these days are laced with large amounts of pesticides. 'These pesticides have been known to affect your brain cells and even result in the death of neurons,' says Dr Ajay Gupta.

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Air Pollution

Air pollution: According to lung specialist Dr Shantanu Chhajed air pollution can cause persistent inflammation of your airways leading to the death of your brain cells due to lack of oxygen reaching the brain cells.

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Sleep Apnea

'Obstructive sleep apnea can kill brain cells due to lack of oxygen. When your breathing is obstructed, your brain does not get enough oxygen to keep your cells healthy and alive,' says sleep specialist Dr Preeti Dewan.