Studies have shown that meditation can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers found that groups who performed meditation and yoga two hours per week had less atrophy in parts of their brain and better brain connectivity.
Meditation has boosting benefits for the brain and researchers found the following:
- Meditation protects our brain by increasing protective tissues.
- Meditation can help individuals feel calmer, less stressed by reducing the hormone cortisol. Cortisol has been shown to increase the development of dementia.
- Meditation has been shown to increase the cortical thickness and grey matter which slows the aging rate of the brain.
- Meditation and relaxation can lead to the growth of new brain cells which protects against brain shrinkage.
Another recent study of 50 participants who meditated regularly and 50 participants who did not meditate had shocking results! The brain scan results of the people who meditated were on average seven years younger than the person’s actual age. It is not clear how meditation helps trigger the growth of new brain cells but the difference between the two groups is amazing.
Both yoga and meditation are “brain exercises” that engage different parts of the brain based on the components such as breathing techniques, movement, visualization, concentration and postures) and can help the brain form new connections and recover from injuries.
It is a known fact that caregivers for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia are often under extreme amounts of stress and having them participate in yoga or meditation can help calm them down and be more stress free. Chronic stress can lead to inflammation in the body and the central nervous and brain systems and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, you can play a role in prevention and improving symptoms of loved ones by having them participate in meditation and yoga.
Meditation has some very valuable benefits such as:
- Helping patients stay focused
- Manage anxiety and depression
- Reduce stress
- Ease Pain
- Boost Gray Matter
- Fight Alzheimer’s
- Boost immune system
In conclusion, both Yoga and Meditation are beneficial to both the brain and body functioning being healthier and overall being happier!