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These findings suggest that environmental enrichment and antioxidant diet interact to maintain brain levels of BDNF, which may lead to improved cognitive performance. This is the first demonstration in a higher animal that nonpharmacological changes in lifestyle in advanced age can upregulate BDNF to levels approaching those in the young brain.
To read the study, see:
Fahnestock, M. et al. 2012. BDNF increases with behavioral enrichment and an antioxidant
diet in the aged dog. Neurobiology of Aging (33):546-554.