The following article By Steven Reinberg appeared in healthfinder.gov website.
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young – Experiments in mice find running increases production of neural stem cells…
The key points I take away from this article are:
- Exercise appears to reverse the decline in the production of brain stem cells usually associated with aging.
- Exercise has the ability to restore a neurochemical essential for the production of new brain cells.
- Moderate running can improve the production, survival and growth of new neurons in the brain.
- The production of neural stem cells in the hippocampus decreases dramatically by middle age, and moderate running exercise can slow this trend.
- Exercise can maintain health and proper health of our brain.
(SOURCES: Yu-Min Kuo, Ph.D., associate professor, department of cell biology and anatomy, National Cheng Kung University Medical College, Tainan, Taiwan; Paul Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., professor, neurosurgery, and director, University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair, Tampa; November 2008 Journal of Applied Physiology )