Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is often considered “growth factor for motor neurons”, as it is directly related to:

  • Neuronal survival & growth
  • Neurotransmitter modulation
  • Participates in neuronal plasticity
  • Glucose regulation
  • Energy metabolism

Decreased levels of BDNF are therefore highly associated with neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, MS, Huntingon’s disease and even diabetes mellitus. Thus, approaches that encourage increased BDNF production may be useful in the prevention and management of several diseases.

For athletes, improved BDNF equates to improved cognitive function & ability to acquire and master motor-related skills.

Various NF1 training & nutritional approaches are scientifically validated to boost cognitive function through the promotion of BDNF protein expression.