Exercise can increase the production of a key protein that is likely to help in keeping the brain active as well as lower the risk of neurological diseases like dementia, a new study conducted on mice has found.
The findings showed that during the rodents’ exercise routine, certain chemicals naturally build up in the brain and kick-start the production of BDNF — also called “Miracle-Gro” — for the brain because of its role in enhancing memory and the growth of nerve cells.
“We believe that our study shows a precise biological mechanism behind increased BDNF production in mammals due to exercise,” said Moses Chao, professor at New York University, in the US.
“Unravelling the mysteries of BDNF is important as we seek more ways to naturally keep mammalian brains healthy, including those of humans,” Chao added.
Unravelling the mystery of BDNF production to naturally keep mammalian brains healthy, the researchers found that ketone — a chemical naturally produced in the liver called beta-hydroxybutyrate (DBHB) –, triggers biological reactions that activates the BDNF gene to produce more of its protein.