Being an active youth may protect the brain when you become older. A new study shows a potential connection between youth physical activity and the release of certain neurochemicals which promote healthy brains.
The study was conducted using a group of adolescent rats. One group performed exercise on a running wheel while the other group did not. After six weeks, researchers injected the rats with a chemical and a performed a light shocking process designed to test the formation of memories.
Researchers found that the rats who exercised generally performed better on the reconditioning test and showed better memory and brain formation than those who had not.
The results of the study are tentative and further research is required before any sort of connection can be made.
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