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Exercise boosts stem cell activity in adults

Posted Jul 14 2010 9:35am

Scientific research has recently given us insight into how and why exercise boosts brain function, improves IQ and triggers neurogenesis – the production of new brain cells. It all seems to be related to how exercise effects bone-morphogenetic protein (BMP) and another brain protein called Noggin. “The more Noggin in your brain, the less BMP activity exists and the more stem cell divisions and neurogenesis you experience.” This is exactly what happens when you exercise and this positive response seems to happen after a short period of exercise.

This is great information but won’t do you any good unless you get up off your chair and move – exercise. Remember 5 minutes of movement (walking, running, jumping jacks, dancing, Patch ) can start this positive response in your brain and throughout your body. Takes a 5 minute break every hour while you are sitting at work or watching TV and move and your brain, body and boss will thank you!

Read more about this research finding in the New York Times article: Phys Ed: Your Brain on Exercise .

Brain Stem Cells

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