Regular Aerobics Decreases Appetite, Boosts Brain

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
By: 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). 

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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