Anti-Aging News: Meditation and Telomeres

telomerase,telomeresOne of the latest anti-aging news is a new study has shown that meditation lowers stress levels, which is of the utmost important to a longer and healthier life. By meditating, an individual can reduce the extent of the effect that stressors have on the body, enabling stress management and thus, a achieving a healthier lifestyle…

Furthermore, mediation can help to positively effect cells as well.  These findings came from the Shamatha Project where subjects were divided in two groups, one practicing  intensive meditation and the was simply a control group.  The study showed that those practicing meditation had more telomerase activity.

Telomerase is actually an enzyme that is believed to have anti-aging effects on the body, with regards to genetics. Of course, more research is required to further understand the affects that telomerase has on telomeres.

Having said that, it is important to further explain telomeres in layman’s terms for everyone to be able to understand what they truly are.  They are in fact part of the chromosomes in the body which unfortunately, shorten with age. As we age, cells divide repeatedly until they no longer can. Eventually, these cells end up dying.

As we all know, stress is a killer, and a silent one at that. It is of the essence for everyone to learn exactly how to manage and control their stress levels in order to live a healthier life. Stress affects people in so many different ways, eventually cause disease or illness. Although it seems as though meditation and telomeres are linked, further investigation is necessary. And, it is possible that even other forms of exercise can have these positive effects, however, only time and research will tell.