Mindfulness Meditation can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

A new study conducted by the researchers of Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC (North Carolina), endorses the importance of meditation in one’s life. The researchers found that mindfulness meditation could help boost cognitive reserve of a person who suffers mild cognitive impairment.

Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the study alerts over the absence of treatment in helping to prevent the beginning of Alzheimer’s symptoms in this category of people.

The Study was conducted on 14 people aged between 55 to 90 who were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and a group of 8 people among them was randomly selected to practice mindfulness meditation and yoga for 8 weeks. The other group was put on queue for further treatment.

After the 8 weeks course, it is found that those who practiced mindfulness meditation had significant increase in their cognition skills and they could memorize and learn more.

Dr. Rebecca Erwin Wells, who led the study, endorsed the findings stating that mindfulness have positive effect on hippo campus, a part of brain, which plays a significant role in memory and learning. She also confirms that mindfulness meditation could help the MCI patients until the invention of medication to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms in this category of people.

Meditation is the best way towards attaining the joy of self-realization and returning to the nature. Meditation helps in improving the awareness and expelling the unwanted and unhealthy thoughts, thus keeping the consciousness immaculate.  What remains in the consciousness is pure bliss.

Mindfullness Meditation: Make sure that your spine is straight. Close your eyes and take deep breaths, concentrating completely on breathing, and be very mindful of the process of breathing, experiencing breathing in and breathing out. Concentrate on every single part of your body one by one. Continue the same for almost 10 minutes and then move your concentration to the sounds around you. It is important that you do not judge these sounds, but rather just experience them as they are. Continue the same for almost 5-6 minutes.

Slowly open your eyes, move your concentration to what you see around you, and again be careful that you do not judge them but rather just experience the mere vision of them. All this time, you should be aware of your body as well as your breath. In the beginning, it could appear to be quite difficult, but with practice, one would be able to experience the real joy of mindful- meditation. In course of time, you will understand that you have fallen in love with the mere act of existence.