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How Exercise Improves Your Memory and Cognition

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  • Research suggests moderate to intense exercise can slow brain aging by as much as 10 years, and a number of different mechanisms help explain this intriguing muscle-brain link
  • Exercise triggers production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which rejuvenates both muscles and brain. In your brain, BDNF preserves brain cells, converts stem cells into neurons and promotes brain growth
  • Research shows exercising four hours after learning something new helps you retain what you’ve just learned long-term. The effect may be related to catecholamines; chemicals known to improve memory consolidation

By Dr. Mercola

Many studies have confirmed that exercise helps prevent cognitive decline and staves off dementia. According to research published in the journal Neurology, moderate to intense exercise can slow brain aging by as much as 10 years! But what is it about moving your body that helps you maintain sharp brain function?


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