Exercise the body, build the brain

Researchers have, for the first time, isolated exercise as the key factor in triggering the production of functional new cells in the learning and memory centre of the brain.

The research, presented at the Brain Sciences UNSW symposium today, has demonstrated a causal link between exercise and brain regeneration, or neurogenesis, in the brains of mice.

The results raise crucial questions about the potential of exercise to maximise cognitive function in humans throughout life and to build a brain “buffer” to hold off neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Read more at UNSW

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