According to researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, mantra-based meditation can have a positive impact on emotional responses to stress, fatigue, and anxiety in adults with memory impairment and memory loss.
In a study, 15 older adults with memory problems practiced a regimen of Kirtan Kriya, a mantra-based meditation, for 12 minutes a day for eight weeks. Their memory issues ranged from mild age-associated memory impairment to mild impairment with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
A control group was assigned to listen to classical music for 12 minutes a day for eight weeks.
Earlier results had showed significant increases in cerebral blood flow in the prefrontal, superior frontal, and superior parietal cortices along with improvements in cognitive function. Age-associated cognitive impairment can be accompanied by depression and changes in mood, which can further aggravate the processes of cognitive decline.
Through the new study, researchers sought to determine if changes in cerebral blood flow had any correlation with changes in patients’ emotional state, feelings of spirituality, and improvements in memory.
Participants who performed the mantra-based meditation reported improvement in tension, fatigue, depression, anger, and confusion, with significant improvement in tension and fatigue over the control group. Improvements in confusion and depression were related to cognitive improvement.
In addition to improving mood and memory, mediation provides several health benefits:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Enhances overall health
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