It is well established that exercise is good for your physical health. It is also becoming clear that exercise is also good for the health of your brain. From my perspective, when exercise is good for something, then exercise plus KAATSU can make things even better. Here are a couple of ways KAATSU may be helpful for your brain’s health.
Potential Decrease in Risk of Dementia
Your brain needs approximately 20% of the blood supply pumped with every heartbeat. Studies have shown that dementia is associated with having stiffer blood vessels that lead to the brain, as well as lower than usual levels of blood flow to the brain. One of KAATSU’s primary actions is to increase vascular elasticity (as per the patent) as well as improving circulation as a whole. It’s been proposed that stiff arteries may contribute to tiny injuries in the brain due to fluctuations in flow and pressure.
Protecting the Brain with IGF-1
Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) has been demonstrated to be important for cognitive function. Lower levels of IGF-1 result in impairments in deficiencies in working and spatial memory, and lower mental processing speeds. Increasing circulatory IGF-1 has been shown to reverse those cognitive effects in both humans and animals. KAATSU used during short-term, low-intensity resistance training has also been shown to significantly stimulate exercise-induced IGF-1 responses than non-KAATSU exercise.
There’s more to come, but my brain’s kind of tired so I’m going to take care of it and stop here 🙂