Meditation and yoga capable of reversing molecular DNA reactions

New study shows that mind-body interventions (MBIs) can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA causing ill-health and depression.

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Mind-body interventions such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi have been proven to do more than simply relaxing us. A new study published in Frontiers in Immunology reviewed over a decade of studies looking at how the behaviour of our genes can be affected by different MBIs.

The review, led by the universities of Coventry and Radboud, concluded that the 18 studies featuring a total of 846 participants revealed a pattern in the molecular changes that happen to the body as a result of practices such as yoga or meditation.

“Millions of people around the world already enjoy the health benefits of mind-body interventions like yoga or meditation, but what they perhaps don’t realise is that these benefits begin at a molecular level and can change the way our genetic code goes about its business,” said lead investigator Ivana Buric from the Brain, Belief and Behaviour Lab in Coventry University’s Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement to Science Daily

“These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed. Put simply, MBIs cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing.”

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