In a new study from the University of Nottingham, researchers found exercise increases the body’s own cannabis-like substances.
This in turn helps reduce inflammation and could potentially help treat certain conditions such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.
Exercise is known to decrease chronic inflammation, which in turn causes many diseases including cancer, arthritis and heart disease, but little is known as to how it reduces inflammation.
In the study, the team tested 78 people with arthritis. Thirty-eight of them carried out 15 minutes of muscle-strengthening exercises every day for six weeks, and 40 did nothing.
They found that exercise intervention in people with arthritis, did not just reduce their pain, but it also lowered the levels of inflammatory substances (called cytokines).
It also increased levels of cannabis-like substances produced by their own bodies, called endocannabinoids. Interestingly, the way exercise resulted in these changes was by altering the gut microbes.
The increase in endocannabinoids was strongly linked to changes in the gut microbes and anti-inflammatory substances produced by gut microbes called SCFAS.
In fact, at least one-third of the anti-inflammatory effects of the gut microbiome were due to the increase in endocannabinoids.
The study clearly shows that exercise increases the body’s own cannabis-type substances. Which can have a positive impact on many conditions.
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The study is published in Gut Microbes. One author of the study is Professor Ana Valdes.
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