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Three Ways to Slow Brain Aging

From Improve Your Learning and Memory.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

  1. Exercise regularly and vigorously (assuming you don’t have heart trouble or other conditions that would prevent it)
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get out of the house and socialize

 Moderate physical exercise, dietary restriction, and enriched environment stimulation are all known to be good for the brain in general and memory in particular. However, few studies have directly compared these three factors all in the same study, as has been done in the lab of Alois Strasser in the University of Veterinary Medicine in Austria. Moreover, Strasser examined also a brain chemical that is likely to cause some of the brain improvement, the so-called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF), which sustains neuron life and promotes growth of neuronal processes and synapse formation.

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