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What is the role of estrogen in brain wellness?

Estrogen has many beneficial effects on the brain. Scientists have been looking at whether decreasing estrogen levels may cause problems with our brain's ability to function at its best. Estrogen has been found to affect the brain in several ways by:

  • Protecting neurons from the stress of aging (loss of blood and oxidative changes)
  • Stimulating nerve cell growth (branching)
  • Stimulating blood flow and increase in the uptake of glucose (the body's sugar) into the brain
  • Affecting patterns of brain activation during intellectual tasks
  • Reducing formation of a protein known as beta amyloid associated with Alzheimer's disease
  • Influencing neurotransmitters that, among other things, affect memory and mood (acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and serotonin)
  • Blunting the stress response (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis reactivity)
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