New research from the National Institute on Aging (of the National Institutes of Health) found that during exercise, muscles release a protein that seems to create new cells related to memory. From the NPR story:
The finding "provides another piece to the puzzle," says Henriette van Praag, an author of the study and an investigator in brain science at the National Institute on Aging. Previous research, she says, had revealed factors in the brain itself that responded to exercise.
The discovery came after van Praag and a team of researchers decided to "cast a wide net" in searching for factors that could explain the well-known link between fitness and memory.
The release of the protein and increase in memory was verified in mice, monkeys, and college students.
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