Study Suggests That Meditation Changes The Body’s Gene Expression

buddhaVia ScienceDaily, how changing your mind changes your body:

A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.

The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities. After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.

“Interestingly, the changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs,” says Perla Kaliman, first author of the article and a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain.

  • Simon Valentine

    step one: meditate
    step two: win

    • BuzzCoastin

      step one: meditate
      step two: not care about win/lose

      • Simon Valentine

        and irony without direction means a words meaning isn’t my mine

      • Simon Valentine

        it is not what i learned
        it’s what was created

      • Chaorder Gradient

        isn’t that another way of winning though?

  • QMAMBO13

    step, lightly & meditate

  • DeepCough

    You can get the same results from cogitation, known commonly as “thinking.”

  • Guest

    I have a hard time believing that people’s DNA changes due to merely thinking about it.

    Think of what monstrosities could occur if Britney Spears had that ability?

  • Blame the Victim

    I have a hard time believing that people’s DNA changes due to merely thinking about it.

  • Andrew

    That’s because that’s not what the article says happens. They’re talking epigenetics, not DNA.