Running, if practiced regularly and in a correct and balanced way, can be a panacea for human health. Did you know, for example, that running can repair damage to the brain? A study by the University of Ottawa says so: according to the researchers this would be possible thanks to the nerve growth factor (VGF).
The experiment carried out on a group of mice with brain development deficiency shows that, during the race, the growth factor VGF increases, which seems to be able to repair damage to the myelin sheath. Dr David Piketts said: "The new research is particularly interesting because it helps explain the effect that exercise, such as running, can have on people with neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis in which the myelin sheath is damaged." Some studies published in the journal of the US Academy of Sciences highlight a connection between constant physical exercise and an improvement in cognitive functions.
Running improves health, mood and repairs the brain
According to research from the University of Kentucky, it observed that a person between the ages of 50 and 69 who runs at least three times a week stimulates the production of new brain cells.
Most researchers agree that running boosts immunity. Running about thirty kilometers per week will have a positive effect on your defense system, while running more than ninety kilometers per week will have a negative effect.
It is proven that running increases the levels of serotonin, the good mood hormone. In some studies it was found that the improvement in cognitive function was linked to the increase in muscle strength. Doctors and scientists have demonstrated the benefits of running on the body in various researches, even going so far as to prove the reduction in the incidence of some cancers.
In some studies it was found that the improvement in cognitive function was linked to the increase in muscle strength. Running is an aerobic physical activity and requires a significant physical effort: this translates into an important calorie expenditure, difficult to achieve with other sports in the same time interval.