22 Jan 2019

EVEN MILD PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY IMPROVES MEMORY FUNCTION

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Researchers found that even very light workouts can increase the connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage.

People who include a little yoga or tai chi in their day may be more likely to remember where they put their keys. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and Japan’s University of Tsukuba found that even very light workouts can increase the connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage.

In a study of 36 healthy young adults, the researchers discovered that a single 10-minute period of mild exertion can yield considerable cognitive benefits.

Using high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging, the team examined subjects’ brains shortly after exercise sessions and saw better connectivity between the hippocampal dentate gyrus and cortical areas linked to detailed memory processing.

The hippocampus is critical for the creation of new memories; it’s one of the first regions of the brain to deteriorate as we get older — and much more severely in Alzheimer’s disease.

While prior research has centred on the way exercise promotes the generation of new brain cells in memory regions, this new study demonstrates a more immediate impact: strengthened communication between memory-focused parts of the brain.

A little bit of physical activity can go a long way. Even short walking breaks throughout the day may have considerable effects on improving memory.

Now you just need to remember to exercise.

Herbal medicines that can help improve memory include Gingko biloba, Brahmi, Maca, Siberian ginseng, and Sage tea.

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