Regular Aerobics Decreases Appetite, Boosts Brain
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Researchers documented that a potent brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)1 was significantly boosted by 3 months of aerobic exercise – and the higher its level the less a person wants to eat and the greater their weight loss. This is the first time BDNF levels have been linked to appetite suppression – a significant finding.
This study is important for several reasons. First of all it explains another angle on how aerobic exercise helps weight management. I have previously reported that aerobics also restores the function of leptin receptors around your body, helping the key weight loss hormone work better. I have also explained that exercise helps release beta-endorphins – your runner’s high hormone that is key to relaxation.
This new information expands on the important benefits of aerobic exercise as BDNF is a powerful protector of brain cells and stimulator of new brain cell formation, factors that have a direct bearing on your mood and preservation of your brain’s function.
I have also reported scientists feel the nutrient pantethine will help you make BDNF2, making pantethine an excellent nutrient to combine with exercise for optimal nerve and mood support (Stress Helper/Pantethine).
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