Exercise May Help Prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

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New research has found that endurance exercise in mice turns on a gene that has the effect of protecting brain cells in the hippocampus.  The researchers went on to say, "The hippocampus is only one of two areas in the adult brain that can grow new nerve cells. Exercise increases the effect of BDNF in the hippocampus, where it preserves brain cells and promotes the growth of new nerves and synapses or junctions between nerve cells, thereby aiding learning and memory."

More research is needed to understand how the underlying molecular activity works but researchers are optimistic.  In the meantime, it appears that exercise is not only good for your muscles but also good for the long-term health of your brain!

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