Mindfulness Meditation Makes Us Healthier, Says Study

Meditation Helps Boost Immune System And Lower Str

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 2/11/2011 14:58 Updated: 2/01/2012 09:12

Those who meditate regularly have lower stress levels and blood pressure and stronger immune function and brainpower than those who don't - and now, new research reveals why.

According to the study by Harvard University and Justus Liebig University, the four key components of mindfulness meditation help us deal with stress, which consequently lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system.

These are attention regulation, body awareness, emotion regulation and sense of self - all things that experts believe contribute towards a healthy immune system and enhanced cognitive function.

"Understanding the relationships between these components, and the brain mechanisms that underlie them, will allow clinicians to better tailor mindfulness interventions for their patients," says Dr Britta Hazel from the study, published in the Perspectives on Psychological Science journal.

The team hope further research on the benefits of meditation will be prompted by these findings, as they believe it could, "change both in psychotherapy and in everyday life".

Don't know your mindfulness from your transcendental meditation? Life coach, Sophia Davis explains the basics...

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"Transcendental Meditation was launched into the spotlight a few years back when various celebrities started using it. It has been claimed as one of the most effective ways to combat stress, and in only 10 minutes a day can change the way you feel physically and emotionally in just 8 weeks. Transcendental works on the basis that you don't have to shut off your thoughts, so its perfect if you have an overactive mind.