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A new study by Dr. Bruce Spiegelman, from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston reports that exercise may have a significant impact in helping to prevent the outset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in humans.
"When US scientists gave non-exercising mice a protein produced by exercising mice, they found it switched on genes that help preserve brain health and boost growth of new nerves in regions important for learning and memory. They suggest their findings could pave the way to a drug that improves treatments against cognitive decline in older people and help slow progression of brain-wasting diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's."
As if we needed another reason to learn the importance of exercise in our life, this study helps us understand that exercise is not just good for our cardio health and appearance but also for our mental health. According the the study, exercise increases the production of FNDC5 in mice which then had the effect of increasing the production of a brain protecting protein called BDNF in a part of the brain that is responsible for learning and memory. Read the rest of this important study and please remember to exercise at least 3 -4 times a week.