Over and over again we hear that exercise enhances cognitive function. But what if exercise that gets your blood pumping can actually aid in reversing neural damage?
A team of researchers at the Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa along with leading author and Molecular Neurobiologist, Matias Alvarez-Saavedra dug in deeper at the correlation between physical activity and changes in the brain, the ability of the brain to repair itself in mice. Interesting enough the research team found that running allows for the release of a wide array of molecules into the bloodstream including such as endorphins.
For the first that time that we can reverse neural damage. The brain has a natural mechanism to repair itself when it’s damaged. – Matias Alvarez-Saavedra, Ph.D
Kheiriddin is joined by Matias Alvarez-Saavedra on the show, asking the main question, “What can the rest of us take away from this study?”
Read the full text Voluntary Running Triggers VGF-Mediated Oligodendrogenesis to Prolong the Lifespan of Snf2h-Null Ataxic Mice published in Cell Reports.