How exercise benefits brain function in the elderly

According to an exciting new study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychology Society, for a boost in brain power, hitting the gym can be as important as keeping your brain active.

For the study, researchers at the University of Maryland put 34 inactive seniors (ages 61 to 88) on a treadmill four times a week for 12 weeks. Not surprisingly, their overall heart health improved by about 8 per cent.

What’s really interesting here is that the participants with the greatest gains in physical fitness saw the biggest gains in the BRAIN! Their scans showed that the brain’s cortex – the outer layer of the brain that typically shrinks with Alzheimer’s disease – actually got THICKER after some treadmill time.

That means that exercise didn’t just dial down on brain tissue degeneration – it actually made their brains GROW.

And the really good news is: It’s never too late to start.

If you don’t have any high-tech exercise equipment at home, you don’t have to join a gym to improve your brain health. Studies have shown that a walk around the block can significantly improve your mental performance.

If you need an energy boost to help get you started, red apples and other dark fruits like red grapes, blueberries, red cherries and blackberries can do the trick. That’s because these foods are loaded with quercetin, a flavonoid that can give your cells a jolt of power and help fight off fatigue.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

“Brain gains for older adults who start exercising,” Health Day, Nov. 30, 2015

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