Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or BDNF, is a protein in the brain that promotes the growth and health of neurons. It’s essential to proper cognition and learning, and it’s thought that ability to raise the amount present in our brains could offer many benefits from improved intelligence to a treatment for certain mental disorders.
While BDNF is naturally produced by the body, there are things we can do to push that level upwards. One well researched activity is exercise, which has shown to have a large influence on BDNF production. Another less-researched BDNF-booster could be certain types of coffee fruit concentrate:
Illinois-based nutraceuticals expert VDF Futureceuticals has embarked on a larger human trial of its whole coffee fruit concentrate NeuroFactor after a pilot study showed it increased plasma levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) by an average of more than 140%.
The most important aspect of the Futureceuticals pilot study was that NeuroFactor was tested against other extracts touted as having cognitive health benefits, including green coffee bean extract powder, green coffee caffeine powder and grape seed extract powder, the firm’s director of marketing Brad Evers told NutraIngredients-USA.
“But only NeuroFactor [a patented product from the whole fruit of the coffee plant, Coffea arabica] showed a statistically significant ability to increase BDNF in humans.”
The science still has a way to go before a full understanding is formed, but for now the benefits to BDNF are clear, and by first glance it appears coffee fruit extract can help raise the levels of this brain boosting protein. Check out the full post for more details.
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