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Meditation is good for the brain. A new wave of research has connected the ancient practice to many cognitive benefits, from greater attention and focus to reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression to improved cognitive control and executive functioning.
According to a new study from the UCLA Brain Mapping Center, meditation may also protect the aging brain. Researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles and Australian National University found that the brains of longtime meditators were less affected by aging than the brains of those who don’t meditate.
The brain begins to decline in the 20s, and continues to decrease in volume and weight through old age. Meditation, in addition to boosting emotional and physical well-being at any time in life, may be an effective way to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as help stave off some of the normal cognitive decline that comes with aging. The strategy is free, and it comes with no side effects.
The new study builds on 2011 research from the same team, which showed that people who meditate exhibit less age-related atrophy in the brain’s white matter, material that makes up nearly half of the brain and is composed of nerve fibers that the brain uses to communicate.
In this study, researchers looked at the link between meditation and the preservation of gray matter, the tissue where cognition occurs and memories are stored. They examined the brains of 100 participants, 50 people who had been meditating for an average of 20 years and 50 non-meditators. Both groups were made up of 28 men and 22 women between the ages of 24 and 77.
The participants’ brains were scanned using fMRI technology. While both groups showed a decline in gray matter with older age, longtime meditators experienced smaller reductions in gray matter volume than those who did not meditate. It seemed that gray matter, in those who meditated, was better preserved.
Today, in 2015, thousands of studies show that meditation is a powerful antidote to stress. Traditional meditation, though, is difficult to master. And it takes a long time to see results and most people have a hard time getting themselves to stick to a regular meditation practice.
Now I have found a very useful tool: Holosync
Lab studies conducted by researcher Dr. Giampapa (see below) shows that Holosync solves the problem of deep long Meditation periods.
By effortlessly placing you in the brain wave patterns of deep meditation, and creating the same changes as traditional meditation, but 8x faster, you get all the benefits of meditation, but without the struggle.
Holosync is easy, it’s more powerful than traditional meditation, and you see results right away.
Holosync also has a powerful effect on cortisol, the main stress hormone:
A few years ago longevity researcher Dr. Vincent Giampapa found that…
- Holosync lowers cortisol levels by 46.47%, in just a few days!
- It also increases levels of DHEA, a key hormone that counteracts cortisol, by 43.77%.
The Mayo Clinic, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Oxford University, and many others, have found that meditation reduces:
- Chronic pain…
- High blood pressure…
- Cholesterol levels…
- Health care visits…
- Substance abuse…
- Post-traumatic stress response…
Meditation also improves heart and artery health by up to 69%–and creates a 12.5% lower risk of stroke or coronary mortality.
So, with all these benefits, why don’t more people meditate?
Well, because, as I said, it’s difficult to learn and it takes a long time to master. And, a long time to see results.
The core of the Holosync program consists of two soundtracks that actually go together: The Dive and Immersion. The Dive begins by placing you in an alpha brain wave pattern, the brain wave pattern of meditation, deep relaxation, joy, super-learning, and several other beneficial states. Then, we gradually slow your brain waves into a deeper alpha state, then still slower and deeper into a theta brain wave pattern, and finally into delta… …the deepest, slowest brain wave pattern. There are tremendous benefits to each of these brain states, which I won’t go into here. After a period of several days of using The Dive, you add the Immersion soundtrack, which holds you the delta state you achieved with the Dive, increasing the length of your listening session, and increasing the benefits you receive. You really will, as we often say… “Meditate like a Zen monk at the touch of a button”.
And at a time when Americans are living longer than ever before but experiencing higher rates of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, the research is an important reminder that mindfulness can exert a long-lasting influence on brain health.
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