Can Meditation Reduce The Risk Of Alzheimer’s?

Meditation can help dementia

High Blood Pressure Linked With Alzheimer Disease

A new study published by the American Heart Association has found that high blood pressure increases the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s.

Given the intensity of the modern world, and the pressure on workers to perform in their jobs, support a family and function in social circles, hypertension is a common problem.

One in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure.

One in three Americans are at risk of Alzheimer’s.

But it is not only US citizens that feel the pressure. Hypertension is a worldwide pandemic and effects the brain’s ability to function properly.

According to the World Health Organisation, 47.5 million people in the world suffer from dementia. That figure is projected to increase to 75.6 million by 2030 and triple by 2050.

So why the sharp increases?

Because the corporate world is not going to change and whilst ever we allow government, banking and corporations to make decisions for us, the risk of chronic hypertension will attack our cognitive abilities.

It’s Time to Meditate

Studies have shown that high blood pressure hardens the arteries and damages blood vessels in the brain. This leads to reduced blood flow to the brain cells and can cause mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

MCI affects memory and can develop problems with the ability to think. Although the symptoms are not severe enough to impair day-to-day activities, when the brain cells are starved of blood, over time they become damaged.

This causes dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that between 10 and 20% of people over 65 will suffer from MCI.  Between six and 15% of these people will develop dementia.

However, there is hope.

Monk meditating

Another study conducted by the psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Lavretsky at the University of California-Los Angles (UCLA), found that meditation and yoga can maintain, even improve, cognitive function as we get older.

The study involved participants engaging in Kirtan Kriya meditation and Kundalini yoga, both of which have been practised in India for thousands of years.

In comparative tests, other patients were given crossword puzzles and computer games, a standard method of keeping the brain active as we age. These participants were also given memory exercises.

 By the end of the 12-week study, both sets of participants showed signs of improvement in verbal memory skills and visual-spatial memory.

“However, the participants who practised yoga and meditation demonstrated greater improvements in visual-spatial memory skills – the ability to navigate and remember locations – than those who engaged in memory enhancement training.”

Not only that, but the yoga-meditation group surpassed their co-testers from the memory enhancement training group in skills designed to cope with stress and anxiety.

Thus meditation gives us more power to lower high blood pressure.

So ancient practices such as meditation and yoga are far better for the ageing process than modern day memory exercises like crosswords and computer games.


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