Ancient Indian meditation may prevent Alzheimer's, says Study

Updated at: Nov 14, 2018
Ancient Indian meditation may prevent Alzheimer's, says Study

An ancient Indian meditation technique known as Kirtan Kriya can help prevent Alzheimer's disease, says study.

Varsha Vats
LatestWritten by: Varsha VatsPublished at: Nov 14, 2018

According to recent studies, an ancient Indian meditation technique known as Kirtan Kriya can help prevent Alzheimer's disease. The practice of this meditation has shown improvement in brain function. It boosts memory, which reduces the risk of Alzheimer's diseases.

The study was conducted in the US, where researchers from West Virginia University found that regular practice of this simple meditation method which involves musical therapy improves the cellular health and prevents Alzheimer's disease in older adults who experience memory loss.

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The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The study mentioned the direct improvements in memory, sleep, mood and quality of life. For the study sixty-year-olds with subjective cognitive decline were examined. Subjective cognitive decline sometimes represents a preclinical stage of Alzheimer's disease. It has been linked to increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease development.

All the patients practiced Kirtan Kriya for 12 minutes each day for 12 weeks. Kirtan Kriya is a type of meditation which brings mental balance. It involves singing along with repetitive finger movements. The person sits in a straight position and concentrates with five primal sounds. Each repetition involves one complete recitation, which takes 3 to 4 seconds. 

After 3 months, blood samples were collected from all the patients. Telomere length and telomerase activity were measured, which are markers of cellular aging. The results showed a  significant increase in the key beta-amyloid peptide. Rising beta-amyloid levels were correlated with improvements in memory and cognitive function.

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Other benefits of Kirtan Kriya are:

  • It reduces stress
  • It improves the quality of sleep
  • It keeps depression at bay
  • It gives a sense of spiritual well-being
  • It enhances blood flow into the brain
  • It improves concentration

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