Exercise and Memory

posted by on June 25th, 2014

Exercise boosts memory and thinking skills. Exercise has a remarkable benefit in mediating insulin resistance, decreased inflammation by measure of cytokines, and stimulating production of brain growth factors, which are chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells. Certain Gene polymorphisms like BDNF respond favorably to both exercise and caffeine.  Exercise may also help increase the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory. Exercise can also improve sleep and therefore may be linked to improved mood, reduced stress and anxiety. Problems in each of these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment regardless of your decade of life.