Regular Aerobics Decreases Appetite, Boosts Brain

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Researchers documented that a potent brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)1 was significantly boosted by three 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, it explains another angle on how aerobic exercise helps weight management. I have previously reported that aerobic exercise also restores the function of leptin receptors around your body, helping this 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.

Scientists also report that the nutrient pantethine will help you make BDNF2, making pantethine an excellent nutrient to combine with exercise for optimal nerve and mood support.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Aerobics and Appetite  Endocrine Society’s 90th Annual Meeting.  A. Veronica Araya, et al.
  2. ^ Pantethine Helps Your Brain  Med Hypotheses.   Tsai SJ.

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