Meditation and Music Slow Cellular Aging

Mindfulness Combats Memory Loss




Anatoliy Karlyuk/Shutterstock.com

Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.


This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Expanded Space, Staff and Services at RVA Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab

Neepa Patel, BPT, DN, has joined RVA Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab’s team.

The Market at 25th Opens in Church Hill

The Market at 25th has opened at 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue, bringing new options for fresh, healthy food into a traditionally underserved area.

Wellness is Rooted in Community

Charlotte Christensen, MS, founder of RootedRVA, believes that true health starts with living soil and confidence in the kitchen.

Free Chiropractic Care for Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members

Veterans and active-duty service members can apply for up to three months of complimentary chiropractic care at Aligned Chiropractic.

More Help for Chronic Pain Sufferers

Nimbus is now also one of the few clinics in Richmond offering oncology massage, which is modified to be safe and supportive for those in treatment for or remission from cancer.

Add your comment: