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The Remarkable Effects of Exercise on Cognition and Brain Cell Regeneration

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  • Exercise produces large cognitive gains and helps fight dementia
  • It promotes a process known as neurogenesis, i.e. your brain’s ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age
  • Exercise stimulates production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that helps preserve existing brain cells and stimulates growth of new neurons

By Dr. Mercola

Scientists have been linking physical exercise to brain health for many years. In fact, compelling evidence shows that physical exercise helps build a brain that not only resists shrinkage, but increases cognitive abilities.


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