Practicing Tai Chi increases brain size
Scientists at the University of Florida (USA) and Fudan University in Shanghai (China) have shown that adults who practice Tai Chi three times a week have a higher brain volume and better on tests of memory and reasoning. The results are published in the journal Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The group of people who did not practice this exercise during the same period (8 months) he suffered a slight reduction in brain size, that is related to aging, cognitive impairment and dementia.
The researchers argue that aerobic exercise is associated with the production of growth factors in the brain. After the results, left them confirm whether activities such as Tai Chi, including a component of mental exercise, may have similar effects or even higher than other forms of exercise, helping us to stay physically and intellectually active as we age. “Our findings suggest that the reason that several epidemiological studies show that subjects who do more exercise or are more socially active have reduced risk of Alzheimer's is that these activities do grow critical regions of the human brain“, afirma James Mortimer, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of South Florida and coauthor of the study.