Meditation in Your Genes
I write all the time about the benefits of meditation. You already know how wonderful it is and all the great things it can do for your life. But here’s some news: scientists can now see the benefits of meditation in the blood! It’s true. In a study published in the Public Library of Science, researchers have discovered that people who meditate can better suppress stress and that this shows with fewer stress-related genes in their blood. When they trained a group of non-meditators how to meditate, they saw a significant decrease in the stress-related genes in their blood. Another study from the University of Wisconsin found that people who were taught to meditate after a vaccination developed more antibodies to the virus than people who did not meditate afterward. Dr. Dean Ornish from the University of California at San Francisco is studying the effects of meditation on prostate cancer. His research is helping to show that meditation, combined with better nutrition and moderate exercise, can favorably alter gene expression in prostate tissue.