No other lifestyle or pharmaceutical approach can impact overall health and brain health as significantly as physical activity.
Carl W. Cotman, Ph.D.
In the mid-1990s UCI Mind scientist first demonstrated that exercise increased the amount of a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the brain. This molecule protects neurons from injury and facilitiates learning and synaptic plasticity. In a sense BDNF is like brain fertilizer. With age, BDNF levels fall and this decline is one of the reasons for impaired age-related cognitive function.
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