Yep, we said it! Meditating can reduce your brain age by over 7 years. Researchers from NeuroImage published a new study suggesting that this could in fact, be the case.
The brains of 50 meditators were compared to the brains of 50 non-meditators. The study showed that participants that had been practicing meditation for 20 years on average, had younger brains than the non-meditating group. They also found that older meditators had particularly well-preserved brains, suggesting that meditation could provide protection against brain cell loss which is common in the aging. This research, while incredibly compelling, isn’t definitive. There are many factors in the aging process, and this is just one part of that process. Thrilling news nonetheless!
There are so many reasons why we all should be meditating every day, and this just added a no brainer (pun intended!) reason to that list. Having a younger brain enables you to focus better, to have better recall and to quickly problem solve.
It literally takes 5 minutes a day to get started meditating. So get started!
Mark & Laura