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.

10 Comments on "Study Suggests That Meditation Changes The Body’s Gene Expression"

  1. Simon Valentine | Dec 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm |

    step one: meditate
    step two: win

  2. step, lightly & meditate

  3. DeepCough | Dec 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm |

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

  4. 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?

  5. Blame the Victim | Dec 14, 2013 at 2:55 am |

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

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

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