Saturday, February 23, 2008

Help your brain: meditate!

Here's an excerpt from an article called "Find a new pitch if you want to stay sharp" from the London Times:
An increasing number of studies are revealing that as well as providing a much-needed breather in our busy lives, stress-busting techniques such as yoga, meditation and breathing exercises may also help to rejuvenate the brain. A study this year at the Boston University School of Medicine found that yoga increased the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain, low levels of which are linked to depression.

Research also indicates that meditation may improve memory, especially in older people. A 2005 study at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that regular meditators had thicker prefrontal cortexes than nonmeditators did. This brain area is linked with short-term memory. The researchers suggested that “meditation may offset age-related cortical thinning”.
These are benefits worth meditating for!

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