One of the most scientifically proven ways to elicit the relaxation response is with meditation; and eliciting the relaxation response may be one of the most powerful ways to delay the onset of memory loss or even Alzheimer’s disease. This is due to the fact that when we are stressed we produce more of a, brain cell killing, hormone called cortisol.
The benefit of meditation is the anti-stress response that it creates reverses the effects of stress and as a result a lower production of cortisol.ﾠ
For the past decade or so, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), of which I’m president, has been researching a simple, 12-minute meditation technique called Kirtan Kriya (KK). KK comes from the Kundalini Yoga tradition as taught …
The various approaches to meditation all seem to have a positive effect on stress, while improving overall health and well-being. The benefits of stress reduction are basically the same for mantra based meditation practices, such as Transcendental Meditation or Primordial Sound Meditation, as well as mindfulness meditation, whether in the traditional Buddhist form or the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program, taught by John Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and others.
To this point the studies have not be done regarding the long term effects of meditation on memory loss, but we can say the meditation has been proven to be of benefit in creating a healthy life style.