Running may cut down chronic stress, protect your memory

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By: IANS | New York |
Updated: February 15, 2018 2:22 pm


Chronic or prolonged stress weakens the synapses, which decreases LTP and ultimately impacts memory, the researchers noted. (Source: File Photo)

Feeling stressed due to excessive workload? Try running for an average five kilometres daily. It may not only help ward off the stress but also protect your memory, claims a new study.

The study found that running mitigates the negative impacts chronic stress has on the hippocampus — a brain region responsible for learning and memory.

Inside the hippocampus, memory formation and recall occur optimally when the synapses or connections between neurons are strengthened over time. That process of synaptic strengthening is called long-term potentiation (LTP).

Chronic or prolonged stress weakens the synapses, which decreases LTP and…

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