Moderate Exercise Shown to Boost Brain Power in People Over 50
Elevate Christian Network :: Health and Wellness
Moderate physical exercise is thought to play a role in warding off the brain’s natural decline as we enter middle age. It has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers.
Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found.
Greater Brain Power Through Exercise
The theory is that through exercise the brain receives a greater supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost its health as well as a growth hormone that helps the formation of new neurons and connections.
In a variety of brain tests, they found evidence of aerobic exercise improving cognitive abilities, such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning, while muscle training – for example, using weights – had a significant effect on memory and the brain’s ability to plan and organise, the so-called executive functions.
Dr. David Perlmutter: Science has now discovered a medical treatment that can improve memory and it was published in the Journal of The American Medical Association. Let’s have a look at this recent study titled “Effect of Physical Activity on Cognitive Function in Older Adults at Risk for Azheimer Disease.”
The authors of the study concluded that a physical activity program of an additional 142 minutes of exercise per week on average modestly improved cognition relative to controls in older adults with subjective and objective memory impairment.”
Source: Dr. David Perlmutter
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