Exercise as a Treatment for Depression [Scientific Review]
Depression is such an important topic which is why Dr. Rhonda Patrick released a 13-page article on depression that not only covers the recent episode they released on how exercise may mitigate depressive symptoms but also much more.
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This article on depression covers everything from etiology including traumatic experiences, chronic inflammation and stress, decreased neurogenesis in the brain, disrupted circadian rhythm, gut microbiome dysbiosis, genetic predisposition and more. It also covers some emerging treatments including pharmacologic, exercise, diet, sauna use, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, light therapy, meditation, psychedelics, and transcranial direct stimulation. One particularly interesting point covered in the depression topic page is the role that neurogenesis (the growth of new neurons) plays in both the etiology and treatment of depression. Disrupted neurogenesis and subsequent connectivity losses or failures have been implicated in depression. This leads to a decrease in neuroplasticity, which is the brain's ability to reorganize and remodel itself based on experiences, behaviors, and genes by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity is disrupted in depression and other mental health disorders and this has been shown to play a significant role in the onset and development of depression. One of the most powerful growth factors produced in the brain called brain-derived growth factor (BDNF) has been shown to play a major role in increasing both neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. Reductions in plasma and serum levels of BDNF have been found in people with depression. Stress and other factors can reduce BDNF, whereas exercise consistently increases serum BDNF, which can cross the blood-brain barrier and have beneficial effects in the brain. For example, moderate to intense aerobic exercise for 40 minutes caused an average ~ 32% increase in serum BDNF levels compared to baseline levels. This depression article dives deep into many different aspects of depression so make sure to check it out on the topics page on my website foundmyfitness.com!
In this short episode, Dr. Patrick discusses some of the compelling science including observational studies, randomized controlled trials, and human mechanistic studies that suggests exercise is a powerful tool for preventing or managing the symptoms of depression and mental illness. Moreover, she talks about the specific types of exercise and exercise parameters that evidence suggests might be the most helpful for depression.
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