Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why you can't just take a pill to feel better

Ohhh...I hate to say it, but we've become so lazy as a society. Evidence abounds that food, activity, stress management, and sleep choices can significantly affect overall health. But if given the option to try these or pay money for a pill or a medical procedure, the average American will tend to opt for the more passive option. Here's why those who make that choice may be selling themselves short.

Both omega-3 fatty acids and exercise have been found to improve brain function and keep brain tissue young.

A group of researchers is reporting that when the two are combined, compounds common in healthy, regenerating brain tissue (brain derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, for example) are higher than when only one of those options is applied. It seems as though the two play off of each other and each makes the other more effective.

Sorry, guys, there's no such thing as a way out of exercise and all the great things it does for you! :)

Wu A, Ying Z, Gomez-Pinilla F. Docosahexaenoic acid dietary supplementation enhances the effects of exercise on synaptic plasticity and cognition. Neuroscience. 2008 Aug 26;155(3):751-9.

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