Research has shown that meditation can help us live longer…

  1. Meditation slows down the rate of cellular ageing:
    Telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes and their length is an indicator of biological age. Telomere length shortens with chronological age, can predict risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) independent of age, and is shortened in people with age-related diseases, including atherosclerosis and diabetes. Stress appears to influence the rate of telomere shortening. The cellular enzyme telomerase is an important part of the body’s maintenance system for these telomeres, and meditation has shown to increase activity of telomerase.
  2. Meditation increases levels of DHEA:
    DHEA is a hormone associated with youth and vigour, and it’s levels in the body naturally decrease with age. Meditation has been shown to increase the body’s own levels of DHEA naturally.

For the scientists among us, links to specific research papers can be found here, here, and here.