(NaturalNews) Exercise truly is a vital component of good health, as was once again illustrated in a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journalCell Metabolism. Researchers from theKarolinska Institutein Stockholm, Sweden, theUniversity of Copenhagenin Denmark, andDublin City Universityin Ireland found that just a few minutes of rigorous exercise is enough to spur almost immediate changes in DNA that improve the ways health-regulating genes express themselves.
For their study, the research team asked a group of young people to undergo an intense, 20-minute workout session on stationary exercise bikes that was designed to get their hearts pumping and their bodies sweating. Upon completion, samples of muscle tissue were examined and compared to samples from those that had not participated in the exercise.
It turns out that, while one’s actual genetic code is not changed by exercise, DNA methylation, or the process by which genes are told whether or not to remain “on” or “off,” is altered in such a way as to improve normal bodily function.
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