Can meditation slow the aging process?
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 20 million Americans practice some form of meditation to achieve greater peace of mind and enhanced sense of well-being. Now studies of the neurological differences between meditators and non-meditators, and studies of immune cell aging via telomere length in meditators and non-meditators, show that meditation can also affect the way we age. UCLA neuroscientist Eileen Luders in 2013 reviewed the results of three brain-imaging studies designed to detect brain-aging differences between meditators and non-meditators. Ordinarily, the human brain shrinks an average of 5 percent per decade after age 40, but in the studies Luders reviewed, the meditators show less age-related decline in the thickness of their brain’s cerebral cortexes, the volume of their brain gray matter (neuronal cell bodies, dendrites, and synapses) and the density and functionality of their brain white matter (axonal tracts connecting different regions of the brain).
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