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Discover The “Apple-sized” Baby Who Evolved His Mind

Monday, 10th December 2022 | Stanley Carter, Editor-in-Chief

Born months too soon, this baby had to spend the beginning of his life wired and tubed in a box. Despite being as small as an apple, when he grew up, he defied all odds as his mind put him in the world’s top 1%.

At his age, he’s supposed to be singing nursery rhymes, but 4-year-old Jayden, who used to be the smallest premature baby ever documented, was recently declared to be smarter than the world’s top scientist. With an IQ level of 180, he has accomplished more in life than most adults. Although he had just turned four years old, he had broken six world records for the fastest human calculation.

So, just how exactly did the smallest premature baby end up becoming the “human calculator”?

Grey Matter Matters

Figure: The image shows a decrease in the size of the cortical surface of the hippocampus area that is related to short-term memory formation in AD patients.

Our brain is deemed one of the most complex and intriguing structures in the world. The brain’s outermost layer is made up of grey matter, which is pinkish-grey in tone. The grey matter has a large volume of neurons, which allows it to process and release new information through axon signaling found in the white matter.

The grey matter is important because it is associated with memory, learning, emotions, muscle control, speech, and decision-making, among plenty of other functions.

Brain imaging studies have suggested that human intellect is based on the volume of grey matter in certain brain regions. The smaller the brain’s grey matter, the more likely a person is to suffer from cognitive impairment. For instance, in people with Alzheimer’s, the grey matter often shrinks over time.

Figure: Healthy brain (left) versus AD brain (right). AD leads to decreased hippocampal volume, shrinkage of the cerebral cortex, and ventricle enlargement.

Usually, when neurons die, grey matter tends to decrease. These are commonly caused by age, stressful life events, or other life-threatening conditions like stroke or brain hemorrhage.

As a person ages, waste products also start to build up in the brain, which causes plaques to form. Plaques can break down neurons even more, and cause some gradual slowing of thought, memory, and learning.

Figure: Amyloid accumulation can be observed in individuals with Alzheimer’s

Neuroplasticity Of The Brain

Over the last few years, several breakthroughs in brain science have suggested that the brain is surprisingly dynamic as it can heal, renew, and rewire by itself.

When it comes to reversing brain damage or improving brain health, increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the brain is incredibly important.

Sesquiterpenes (C15H24) are chemical constituents that can be found in frankincense, an aromatic resin. Its primary function is to help increase the amount of oxygen in the brain’s limbic system.

With the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, it can directly deliver oxygen to injured brain cells to help speed up the healing process. They can also increase new cell growth to form new neural connections in different parts of the brain, which improves mental performance by more than 82%!

Figure: Boswellic Acids (BAs) derived from frankincense were found to significantly reduce the Alzheimer-causing protein known as Beta-Amyloids (Aβ)

Figure: Boswellic acids (BAs) positively restored the volume and development of the brain

Chemical Compositions Of Frankincense (Boswellia Species, Olibanum)

The main component of frankincense resin is oil (60%). It contains mono- (13%) and diterpenes (40%) as well as ethyl acetate (21.4%), octyl acetate (13.4%), and methylanisole (7.6%).

The highest biological activity among terpenes is characteristic of 11-keto-ß-acetyl-beta-boswellic acid, acetyl-11-keto-ß-boswellic acid, and acetyl-α-boswellic acid.

Figure: Chemical structures of Boswellic acids (BAs)

In ancient times, Boswellia extracts were obtained from the sap of the Boswellia tree and used to treat chronic ailments. Recently, Boswellia has gained much attention in the medicinal community because of its active ingredient, “Boswellic acid”, which can slow the progression of neurodegeneration seen with age because of their capacity to naturally reduce inflammation, cell death, and adverse chemical interactions in the brain.

Based on the results of other relevant studies, it can be said that administering Boswellia extract improves the ability to learn and regenerate neurons, which leads to better memory and cognitive functions. In fact, pilot clinical studies with 85 people who had mild to severe Alzheimer's disease showed that taking Boswellia extract for six months significantly reduced their dementia severity rating.

Rewire The Brain In 15 Days

Law professor Mr. Joshua Harrison, 65, started his journey with frankincense extracts after experiencing signs of cognitive decline due to dementia.

Before he was introduced to the healing spice, Professor Harrison had essentially no short-term memory and struggled to keep up with normal conversations with family and friends. He stutters whenever he is lecturing and often gets confused with classes and assignments. Sometimes, he would even wander off during class and not return.

Day 3

Professor Harrison had a history of restlessness and agitation before he was introduced to the power of frankincense. But after just a few days of using it, he felt calmer and more relaxed, allowing him to focus more whenever he is researching to prepare for his lectures

Day 7

After just a week, Professor Harrison could answer his students’ questions effortlessly, as if he were in his early 30s. Besides that, he could tirelessly teach for the entire day without referring to any notes, and he was also able to memorize legal statutes word for word without looking at law books.

Day 15

In less than a month, Professor Harrison managed to publish more books and articles. What’s even more unbelievable was that he became one of the most cited U.S. legal professors in history. Recently, he was also offered a position at one of the Ivy League law schools.

“I honestly don’t know where I’d be today without frankincense. Despite being just a simple spice, it changed my life in a way that I never thought could happen. It helped me regain my cognitive health and my life!”

-Professor Harrison, LL.M., 65

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