Feeling a bit forgetful, or fuzzy in the brain? We all have those days. But researchers at the University of California, Irvine have found an pretty simple fix – and it's all natural.
In a study that appears in the November issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, UCI researchers found that older adults can immediately enhance their memory with brief, moderate bouts of exercise.
The study is the first to examine the connection between brief stints of exercise and memory.
The researchers measured the effects of such exercise on healthy adults and those with mild cognitive impairment. The study found that both groups of test subjects - aged 50 to 85 years old - experienced enhanced consolidation of memories after only six minutes of moderate exercise on a stationary bike.
Researchers say they believe the test subjects' enhanced memories resulted when the exercise released chemical messengers in the brain called norepinephrine, known to play a key role in sharpening memory.