Monday, December 9, 2013

Meditation and Inflammatory Genes Expression

Earlier this year an international team of researchers from the United States, France and Spain conducted research to determine what effects mindfulness meditation has on inflammation, circadian, and chromatin modulatory genes in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC).

What does all that mean? Simply stated, the purpose of this research was to identify the effects mindfulness meditation has on specific families of genes.

Study Approach:

Researchers divided study participants into two groups: Nineteen experienced meditators were compared to a control group of 21 people. The experienced meditators spent eight-hours in meditative behaviors while the control group spent the same amount of time in leisure non-meditative activity in the same environment.

Researchers found decreased expression of a family of pro-inflammatory genes in meditators compared to control group members.

Bottom Line for Health:

While this is obviously a small study, these findings are in line with a growing body of research showing meditative practices can have demonstrated beneficial effects on gene expression. Likewise, in other studies stress has been shown to negatively influence physical and emotional health.

While meditators in this study were experienced mindfulness practitioners, there is an abundance of research to support the health benefits of other regularly applied meditative practices as well.

Study summary: Click HERE

Stephen Carter

Stress Solutions, LLC

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