Meditate to melt stress, improve health
November 29, 2009 • News
An article from the Chicago Tribune.
Research shows daily attention to mind-body dynamic reduces anxiety, strengthens immune system. Newer research from the University of Wisconsin shows a meditation habit can strengthen the body’s immune function, plus increase brain performance in the form of electrical activity. It validates the mind-body dynamic of meditation.
To gauge immune function, the researchers measured antibodies in the blood that fight flu and other infections.
Volunteer subjects in the study who meditated had significantly higher levels of these healthful antibodies than nonmeditators in just one to two months. In fact, it is interesting to note that participants who meditated for two months had significantly higher levels of antibodies than individuals meditating for just one month.
Results for brain-wave activity were even more amplified. The region of the brain most activated by meditation is the left frontal area associated with positive emotions and anxiety reduction.
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