Meditation is the only process through which you can find a way out of conflict and bad luck, instead of to lose it in real life. © Yogi Bhajan
1) Regular meditation can improve your cognitive function in just four days.
Numerous studies have shown that just a few minutes of meditation daily can produce significant cognitive benefits. In one of these studies published in the Journal of Consciousness and Cognition in April 2010, found that meditating for 20 minutes a day allowed participants undergo cognitive tests significantly better than the control group after four days of meditation.
The group (which practiced a simple concentration on the breath) passed the tests much better than the control group, in some cases the result exceeded the usual 10 times. They showed significant improvement in concentration, memory and visual attention. Other studies have shown similar results, while studies conducted in elderly have shown that regular meditation practice reduces age-related loss of cognitive abilities, restores and improves memory and can even increase the volume of gray matter in the brain.
2) Meditation reduces depression better than antidepressants.
Meditation is just as effective as antidepressants in the treatment of anxiety or depression, but without the side effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study was funded by the U.S. Agency for healthcare and quality research. There were analyzed the results of 47 previous randomized controlled trials conducted in a total of 3515 people suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia, heart disease, chronic pain, stress and other conditions. In all trials of mindfulness meditation were compared with placebo or with other treatments. The researchers found that people who have undergone approximately eight weeks of meditative training practice experienced a decline of 5 to 10 percent of anxiety symptoms compared to placebo, and reduction in symptoms of depression from 10 percent to 20 percent. The findings suggest that mindfulness meditation may be useful as a replacement or Supplement for the treatment of many chronic diseases.
3) Meditation can slow down aging and struggling with inflammatory diseases at the genetic level.
New data suggests that meditation has a profound positive impact on the molecular and cellular level. According to a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinologe in 2011, meditation increases the production of telomerase in the human body. This enzyme is responsible for elongation of telomeres, protective caps at the end of each chromosome, which, as a rule, reduced in each cycle of replication until they reach a critical length that prohibits further copying. Telomere length is considered a reliable marker of cellular aging and levels immune system function, and they show existing or future fast disease. The shorter they are, the more likely that person will depend on the pathological condition. Telomerase is the only way for telomeres to stay long, but unfortunately, the enzyme is practically inactive in adults. Fortunately, telomere length respond well to lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and moderate exercise, and in accordance with a new study, meditation, and mindfulness practices now form another way to boost natural health at the genetic level. After 30 days of intensive training in meditation, the participants of the aforementioned studies have shown elevated levels of telomerase, which is believed to directly affect telomere length and function of the immune system.
4) Meditation reduces the risk of death by 50% for people with heart problems.
Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee found that people with coronary disease who began practicing transcendental meditation have reduced by 48% the chances of having a heart attack, stroke or die from other causes, compared with the group of study participants who merely attended a health education class over more than five years. Meditation reduces stress, anger and morbidity. In addition, the researchers found that people practising meditation have lower blood pressure, in addition to reporting less overall stress and anger.
5) Meditation restores aspartame damaged the brain.
Studies have shown that 11 hours of meditation, the white matter of the brain that aspartame destroys, beginning to recover. The study of brain damage caused by aspartame, revealed damage in the nerve fibers of the white matter. This is due to the byproducts created when it enters inside of aspartame, namely methanol and formaldehyde. The consequences of these chemical substances are so serious that they cause the symptoms often take for multiple sclerosis. Other artificial sweeteners such as neotame, which have the same composition of the products has the same effects. This is due to mental problems, including dementia, depression and schizophrenia. Subjects who practiced meditation reported umenshenie feelings of anger, depression, anxiety and fatigue and had reduced levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Changes include improved mood, which in turn is consistent with self-regulation to be a core feature of many mental health problems. Studies have proven the effectiveness of meditation in the recovery and growth of these nerve fibers. This will allow affected people to become less aggressive, more thoughtful and far more emotionally stable.
6) Healing from cancer
In a small study tracked 30 men with prostate cancer at low risk who chose not to use conventional medical treatment such as surgery, radiation or hormonal therapy. Within three months, men significantly changed lifestyle, including eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and soy products, moderate exercise such as walking for half an hour a day, and hour of daily stress management techniques, such as meditation After three months were recorded changes in activity in about 500 genes – including 48 that were turned on and 453 genes that were turned off. The preventive activity of genes increased, and the number of disease promoting genes, including those involved in prostate cancer and breast cancer, stopped. According to a study published in the journal proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
7) Meditation reduces loneliness and improves the immune system
A study by the University of California at Los Angeles showed that older people who take part in the eight week program of meditation were able to reduce feelings of loneliness and strengthen the immune system and their blood tests showed a significant decrease in the expression of genes associated with inflammation.
“Our work provides evidence that psychological intervention reduces loneliness and reduces expression of inflammatory genes,” said in a press release, Steve Cole, senior author of the study, Professor of medicine and psychiatry at UCLA. “Meditation can be a valuable tool for improving the quality of life of many older people.”
8) Meditation helps with diabetes
The study, recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association has shown that learning mindfulness meditation may help improve symptoms of diabetes and reduce blood sugar levels. The study was conducted on 28 participants with diabetes mellitus type 1 and type 2 in the health care system of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
It was discovered that three months practice for 15 minutes a day the symptoms of diabetes decreased by 41%^ and sugar levels fell from 8.3 to 7.3 after the course. In addition, participants become more active and better cope with stress.