The vagus nerve is a multi-branched network of neurotransmitters that stretches from the brain stem down throughout the neck, thorax and into the abdomen. A lot of research has been looking at the vagus nerve to determine its role in the possible treatment of diseases like epilepsy, obesity and depression. Many researchers believe it may be the central key to our well-being.
The vagus nerve seems to affect many processes in the body
Researchers have shown that the vagus nerve can boost the body’s immune system to fight off inflammation and toxins. It is believed to control the fight-or-flight response, as well as playing a role in detoxification, digestion, and blood pressure. Keeping this central area healthy may be the key to defeating any illness.
In a study by researchers in the Netherlands, lead author Dr. Misha D. Luyer, M.D., Ph.D, and his colleagues stated, “Recently, the autonomic nervous system has been identified as an important pathway to control local and systemic inflammation and gut barrier integrity. Activation of the pathway is possible via electrical or via pharmacological interventions but is also achieved in a physiological manner by ingestion of dietary lipids.”
Researchers looked at the results of nutritional stimulation of the autonomic nervous system and corresponding reactions in the body. They concluded that, “… nutritional stimulation of this anti-inflammatory neurogenic feedback may be used as an important therapeutic target in several inflammatory based diseases.”
Nourishing the brain and nervous system
Nourishing the nervous system and cells of the brain may help provide health benefits to people suffering from neurological and brain dysfunctions such as ADHD, fibromyalgia, autism spectrum disorders, memory loss, and insomnia.
“Without doubt, nourishing the brain and vagus nerve holds the key to many aspects of maintaining good health,” commented Dr. Paul Yanick, author of Quantum Medicine: A Guide to the New Medicine of the 21st Century.
“As further studies are conducted on the functions of the vagus nerve and polar lipids, we think it’ll become broadly accepted that using naturally occurring superfood concentrates to nourish cranial nerve function is absolutely essential for good health,” said Dr. Ferrara, a certified nutritionist and president of Quantum Nutritionals, LLC. “To counteract the stresses and toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis, neuro-nutrients are a must for anyone interested in supporting the brain and vagus nerve and improving their health.”
Supporting the vagus nerve
“The health benefits of using living organisms in dietary supplements specifically tailored to support the optimal function of the vagus nerve is simply monumental,” said Dr. Ferrara. “Studies by researchers around the world about the importance of the vagus nerve to our well-being continue to support our own findings that nourishing the body’s nerve cells, especially in the vagus nerve, has a direct ability to restore the human immune system to peak performance.”
You can easily activate your vagus nerve without the need for complicated procedures or supplements by holding your breath, laying a cold, damp washcloth across your face, or clenching the abdomen muscles as if you’re preparing to be punched. The best method is to take large, lengthy breaths that expand the belly so that your vagus nerve is stimulated — while at the same time oxygenating your blood.
—The Alternative Daily