Epigenetic mechanisms behind mediation’s beneficial health effects

While there have been multiple scientific studies providing evidence that meditation can have a positive influence on a person’s health, new research appearing in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology suggests there may be an actual biological trigger for these therapeutic effects.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with colleagues from France and Spain, report they have discovered the first evidence of specific molecular changes that occur in a person’s body following a session of mindfulness meditation.

They compared the effects that an eight-hour mindfulness session had on a group of people experienced with meditation to a control group who participated in quiet, non-meditative activities. They found an array of “genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery”

Read the full, original story: Mindfulness Meditation Found To Result In Gene Expression Changes

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