A healthy mind in a healthy body

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Researchers from Boston University found out that a fit heart would likely prevent rapid ageing of the brain. The research tested more than 1,500 participants where they were able to compare heart conditions of individuals while conducting MRI to determine their brain’s physical state.

The researchers proposed that the brain has a direct relationship with the heart because the brain requires oxygen and different nutrients. With the right amount of oxygen and different nutrients, the brain would not only perform as expected but would limit reduction of brain volume. Although our brain would reduce its volume as we age, nutrients and oxygen would prevent further deterioration.

The oxygen and other factors that could prevent rapid reduction of brain volume can be maintained when the heart is working at its optimal level: a healthy heart pumps more blood, the brain receives more oxygen and stays healthy.

Improving the heart specifically through improved blood flow cannot be achieved overnight.

That is why researchers recommend consistent exercises to condition the heart to pump more blood to the body and brain. Mens sana in corpore sano.

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