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Health Benefits Of Meditation - From Combating Stress To Cutting The Risk Of Cancer

21/01/2015 09:34 GMT | Updated 15/05/2017 08:36 BST

From celebrities like Emma Watson to investment bankers at Goldman Sachs, it seems like everyone is trying meditation.

But what effect does it actually have on the body?

According to ASAPScience, during meditation, brain scans show an increased level of activity in regions of the brain that help decrease anxiety and depression.

There's also more activity in the region that increases pain tolerance.

This combination is thought to improve memory and aid self-awareness.

Meditation also influences brain waves. When measured, regular meditators such as monks have more alpha brain waves than non-meditators.

These alpha waves are thought to reduce feelings of stress and anger and prohibit a negative mood.

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And believe it or not, meditation may actually change the brains shape and size.

Studies show that after an eight week meditation programme, grey matter is more dense in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory processing and emotion regulation.

And it's not just the brain that benefits from mediation.

In a study where both meditators and non-meditators were given the flu virus, meditators were able to produce a greater number of anti-bodies, suggesting the practice causes increased immune function.

Amazingly, meditation may also cut your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes - check out the video to find out how.

Then, we highly recommend giving meditation a go.

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