With over 48 million people worldwide living with Dementia, exercise has been proven to be a protective mechanism for the disease.

Recent research from the National Institute of Aging have found more evidence that exercise is beneficial in improving and maintaining memory.

They found that when muscles are being engaged, they release a protein called cathespin B that assists in the generation of new cells.

The research took into account 43 sedentary individuals with half exercising for four months and the other half not completing any exercise. They found that in the group that exercised that there were increased levels of the protein in the blood stream and that their memory performance had improved compared to the group who didn’t exercise.

The researchers also found that the increased levels of cathespin B in the blood stream saw the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, the area in the brain that’s responsible for memory. This links in with research that came out about a month ago that exercise has an acute effect on memory, with those who exercised performing better in a memory task.

With this a frequent area of research, cognitive function and exercise is becoming a growing field with research suggesting that exercise isn’t only beneficial for the body, but for the mind as well.

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