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Unlock the Anti-Aging Secrets of the Brain: How 6 Minutes of Exercise Could Delay Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Unlock the Anti-Aging Secrets of the Brain: How 6 Minutes of Exercise Could Delay Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

According to a new study, just six minutes of high-intensity exercise could extend the lifespan of a healthy brain and delay the onset of neurodegenerative…

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According to a new study, just six minutes of high-intensity exercise could extend the lifespan of a healthy brain and delay the onset of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The research found that a short but intense bout of cycling increases the production of a protein that is essential for brain formation, learning, and memory, and could protect the brain from age-related cognitive decline. Six minutes of high-intensity exercise could extend the lifespan of a healthy brain and delay the onset of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. New research published in The Journal of Physiology on January 11 shows that a short but intense bout of cycling increases the production of a specialized protein that is essential for brain formation, learning and memory, and could protect the brain from age-related cognitive decline. This insight into the benefits of exercise is part of the drive to develop accessible, equitable, and affordable non-pharmacological approaches that anyone can adopt to promote healthy aging.

The specialized protein named brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) promotes neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to form new connections and pathways) and the survival of neurons. Animal studies have shown that increasing the availability of BDNF encourages the formation and storage of memories, enhances learning, and overall boosts cognitive performance. These key roles and its apparent neuroprotective qualities have led to the interest in BDNF for aging research.

Lead author Travis Gibbons from University of Otago, New Zealand said, “BDNF has shown great promise in […]

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