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Exercise prevents and protects from brain damage

June 8, 2010

Exercise protects from neurodegenrative disease

The more studies are conducted on the brain, the  more we know  that the connections between the body and the mind are stronger than we previously thought.

Physical exercise is not only great for keeping the body healthy, but it has also been suggested by experts that it may reduce the chances of a person developing brain disease, dementia or other memory disorders.


What type of physical exercise improve cognition?

1.We know that cardiovascular activity enhances a powerful protein between nerve cells called BDNF, this protein has been associated to higher levels of cognition

2.We know that the more we use our brain in our workouts the better physical and mental results. (challenging multitasking exercises better than simple ones)

In my upcoming book i will explain how my program “Super Body, Super Brain” engages the brain and the heart together to help you improve physically and cognitively.


Original Study The Journal of Neuroscience, August 1, 2001, 21(15):5678-5684

Circulating Insulin-Like Growth Factor I Mediates the Protective Effects of Physical Exercise against Brain Insults of Different Etiology and Anatomy

Eva Carro, Jose Luis Trejo, Svetlana Busiguina, and Ignacio Torres-Aleman Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, Cajal Institute, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 28002 Madrid, Spain

Physical exercise ameliorates age-related neuronal loss and is currently recommended as a therapeutical aid in several neurodegenerative diseases. However, evidence is still lacking to firmly establish whether exercise constitutes a practical neuroprotective strategy. We now show that exercise provides a remarkable protection against brain insults of different etiology and anatomy. For more information about this study please click here

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