Yoga And Meditation Can Change Your DNA For Good, Says Latest Study
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Imagine if everything you did impacted your DNA for good or bad.
A rather compelling research published this month in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, reviews 11 years of studies analysing the behaviour of our genes to mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi. It involved experts from universities of Coventry and Radboud reviewing 18 different studies that were done in the last decade, and featured 846 participants in total. These experts now are surprised to have noted the molecular changes which happen to the body as a result of MBIs, and how these changes benefit our mental and physical health.
Similar to how in a prolonged situation of stress, our sympathetic nervous system triggers a production of a molecule called nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) which regulates how our genes are expressed and leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, brain damage, and even cancer, MBIs exhibit the opposite effect – namely a decrease in production of NF-kB and cytokines, leading to a reversal of the pro-inflammatory gene expression pattern and a reduction in the risk of inflammation-related diseases and conditions like allergy, asthma, anaemia, arthritis, celiac disease, eczema, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, psoriasis, stroke, Alzheimer’s etc.
The lead investigator, Ivana Buric was quoted as saying, “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. 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. More needs to be done to understand these effects in greater depth, for example how they compare with other healthy interventions like exercise or nutrition. But this is an important foundation to build on to help future researchers explore the benefits of increasingly popular mind-body activities.”
What excuse have you now to put away beginning your wellness journey?