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Dr. Oz's 6 Cool Brain Facts that Will Blow Your Mind

Dr. Oz's 6 Cool Brain Facts that Will Blow Your Mind

Dr. Oz's 6 Cool Brain Facts that Will Blow Your Mind

Did you know that the brain in utero can't recognize pain? Or that teaching your child a second language will help her brain grow larger? Here are some interesting facts about our brains:

  1. The brain accounts for only 2 percent of the body’s weight but uses 20 percent to 25 percent of the body’s oxygen and energy supply.
  2. Messages travel between neurons at different speeds. Some seem like they’re walking (one and a half feet per second), while others are fighter-jet fast (four hundred feet per second).
  3. In utero, the brain has no pain receptors, so it can feel no pain. Newborns feel pain with the same sensitivity as adults, but the sensation may be less localized (they don’t know where the pain is coming from), and they may have a delayed response.
  4. While awake, the brain generates up to twenty-three watts of power, enough to light up a room.
  5. Simply opening your eyes activates 75 percent of your brain’s energy.
  6. Children who learn two languages before the age of five have much denser gray matter as adults. They literally build bigger brains. Muy bueno!

A New York Times #1 best-selling author and host of The Dr. Oz Show, Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. is also professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and the director of the Heart Institute. For more from Dr. Oz, check out You: Raising Your Child and You: Having a Baby, both co-authored with Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, POPSUGAR.

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