Sunday, July 26, 2009

Meditation Changes Your Genes

A study by researchers at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Genomics Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) looked at how meditation changes how genes behave in response to stress (as well as other relaxation techniques).

The study compared long term practitioners, people that completed 8 weeks of relaxation technique training, and general people who were not practitioners and found that up to 2,209 genes were significantly different. Some of these genes are involved with inflammation, programmed cell death and the handling of free radicals.

It's great to have more studies on the benefits of meditation.