Sound mind and sound body? This protein helps both

January 13, 2015 4:50 PM

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Sound mind and sound body? This protein helps both

A sound mind in a sound body: The Roman poet Juvenal wrote 2,000 years ago that it was worth praying for. And now, scientists at Johns Hopkins University have identified a single protein that indeed supports the health of both the brain and the heart.

The scientists have found that a nerve-growth factor called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which was already known to enhance memory, nourish blood vessels and nerves and act as natural antidepressant also helps the heart beat properly.

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