BDNF at the Crossroads of Brain Function & Metabolism

Sunday, September 27, 2009
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is vital to the growth of new nerve cells, the plasticity of brain connections that are vital to brain health, and plays an important role in learning and memory.  New research is now showing that it is a vital metabolic compound1, lacking in individuals who are overweight and especially in those with type II diabetes.

The best way to physically stimulate the production of BDNF is with aerobic exercise.  New findings show that BDNF is active outside of your nervous system.  BDNF is active in muscles, which is one reason exercise increases your overall body production of it.  Within muscle BDNF helps burn fat.

Boosting production of BDNF will help prevent cognitive and metabolic decline.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ BDNF, Brain Function, and Metabolism  Exp Physiol.  Pedersen BK, Pedersen M, Krabbe KS, Bruunsgaard H, Matthews VB, Febbraio MA.

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