Meditation affects our health at cellular level

In a recent study reserachers at University of California, San Francisco, have found that a regular habit of meditation brings about pyshological changes of permanent nature which inturns are caused by an increase in the  telomerase activity (an enzyme which is responsible for longevity in ur body cells).

For novice among you here is a simple explanation :

Telomeres are sequences of DNA at the end of chromosomes that tend to get shorter every time a cell divides. When telomeres drop below a critical length, the cell can no longer divide properly and eventually dies.

Telomerase is an enzyme that can rebuild and lengthen telomeres.

Though the study does not conclusively suggest that meditation is directly related to increase in Telemerase, it points out towards the fact that meditation improves a person’s sense of well-being which then have a profound effect in his physiology and result in increased Telomerase activity.

This study is the result of UC Davis-based Shamatha Project, one of the first long-term, detailed, matched control-group studies of the effects of intensive meditation training on mind and body.

Read more about this study here:

Positive psychological changes from meditation training linked to cellular health

3 Responses to Meditation affects our health at cellular level

  1. mantra meditation November 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    This is exiting research that is coming out. Looking forward to reading the study in full once it is ready. I would be interested to hear more about which meditation techniques they were using. Wasn’t Wallace involved with Goleman’s research into meditation and the rewiring of the brain? Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sri February 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Spiritual benefit of meditation is supreme bliss or enlightenment. As the mind focuses and watches itself, we experience only the consciousness of existence and achieve self realization. Swami Vivekananda describes the process in the following way:

    [When the mind has been trained to remain fixed on a certain internal or external location, there comes to it the power of flowing in an unbroken current, as it were, towards that point. This state is called dhyana. When one has so intensified the power of dhyana as to be able to reject the external part of perception and remain meditating only on the internal part, the meaning, that state is called Samadhi.]


  3. beginners meditation March 9, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Thank you for sharing the findings of the research. Meditation is indeed beneficial.

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