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Friday, April 17, 2009

Exercise and the Brain

There is now convincing evidence that exercise is not only good for the body but it's also good for the brain. In fact a new study demonstrates that exercise produces brain growth factor. This helps the brain generate new neurons and brain cells. Exerciuse increases brain-derived neurotrophic growth factor and this increases nerve growth factor. The bottom line is that exercise preserves brain health by generating more brain cells!

References
  1. Exercise enhances the proliferation of neural stem cells and neurite growth and survival of neuronal progenitor cells in dentate gyrus of middle-aged mice. J Appl Physiol 105: 1585-1594, 2008. doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.90775.2008. Chih-Wei Wu, Ya-Ting Chang, Lung Yu, Hsiun-ing Chen, Chauying J. Jen, Shih-Ying Wu, Chen-Peng Lo, Yu-Min Kuo.

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