Meditation is provenly a tool for those who want quality of life and want to protect the body from the degeneration that comes with aging. Winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize, molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn decided to study the effects of meditation. She took a group of 30 volunteers on a three-month meditation retreat to the Shambhala Mountain Center in Northern Colorado. Upon returning, she compared data with those who do not meditate. The result was a 30% increase in telomerase activity, which is the protein that wraps DNA like a capsule.
Telomeres reduce activity and shorten as the years go by and, with stress, provoke aging. The shorter the structures are, the lower are their activity.
In another study conducted at University of California Los Angeles, a group of 39 dementia caregivers with an average age of 60 participated in a chanting meditation for just 12 minutes a day for eight weeks. They compared this group with another group that listened to relaxing music for 21 minutes a day. The meditation group showed a 43% increase in telomerase activity. Click here for full article.