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Check out These 5 Facts About Meditation


Check out These 5 Facts About Meditation

Regular meditation can offer you many health benefits.

Meditation improves your memory

Researchers at University of California at Santa Barbara undertook a study where 48 undergraduate students took either a mindfulness class or a nutrition class. The classes met for 45 minutes four times per week for two weeks. They were taught by "professionals with extensive teaching experience in their respective fields." Scores improved in the mindfulness-trained group, however not the nutrition-trained group, showing that meditation could boost your memory and concentration performances.

Meditation slows down neurodegenerative diseases

A study at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre suggests a link between positive brain changes like stress reduction because of meditation to the slowing of the progression of age-related cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. The study showed that Alzheimer’s patients who were part of the study showed less cognitive decline after an 8-week mindfulness stress reduction program than those who didn’t take part. Rather, these patients showed higher levels of well-being.

Meditation helps to reduce blood pressure

A study at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008 showed that meditation was effective in lowering blood pressure because it leads to relaxation, which results in the formation of nitric oxide. This formation opens blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. The study showed that 64% of patients who tried a meditation-based relaxation program for three months saw a significant drop in blood pressure levels and could reduce their medication.

Meditation is an anti-aging therapy

Meditation has been shown to be an effective anti-aging therapy. Harvard psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Elizabeth Hoge showed in her study that people who meditated daily for at least four years had longer telomeres. Telomeres are protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, and short telomeres are thought to be markers of accelerated aging.

Meditation helps to manage pain

Aside from keeping you healthy in general, meditation can also help you manage pain as it changes the way the mind perceives pain. A study showed that its participants’ perception of pain reduced significantly after just three 20-minute sessions of meditation

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