Meditation boosts brain health

A new study Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has found that regular meditation can boost brain health and results begin to show in just a few months.

The researchers tracked 16 people who took a course on mindfulness-based stress reduction that includes guided relaxation exercises and easy stretching – and practiced for about 30 minutes a day.

Eight weeks later, MRI scans showed significant gray matter density growth in areas of the brain involved in learning and memory, empathy and compassion, sense of self and emotional regulation, when compared with a control group.

`This is really, clearly, where we can see, for the first time, that when people say, `Oh, I feel better, I`m not as stressed when I meditate,` they`re not just saying that – that there is a biological reason why they`re feeling less stress,` the Washington Post quoted senior author Sara Lazar, a psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School as saying.

`But this is proof that it`s really meditation that`s making the difference,` she said.

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