Exercise and the Brain

January 25, 2015

Many authors have noted that the beneficial effects of exercise on the brain are immense. Some of these are:

  • increased blood flow to the brain
  • reduced risk of athersclerosis
  • reduced hypertension profile
  • reduced risk of stroke
  • release of neurotrophins to repair damaged cells and stimulate new synapse growth
  • increased production of anti-oxidant enzymes

Experts state that the more intense the aerobic exercise the better, up to a point. Extreme physical activity can have systemic and brain effects through the massive release of free radicals that are produced when aerobic metabolism capability has been exceeded.

It has been noted that resistance exercises such as lifting weights are important for many reasons, one of which is that muscle metabolizes glutamate, which in large enough quantities acts as excitotoxin.


Blaylock Wellness Report, July 2013