Mindfulness practice significantly reduces anxiety and several cardiovascular risk markers!
This is the claim of John Durocher, assistant professor of biological sciences. In a recent study of participants who did just one hour of mindfulness practice.
In another study conducted by Robert Schneider, People who had meditated 8 times per week had a 50% less chance of a heart attack
Meditation lowers excess inflammation and build-up of arterial plaque that can result in a heart attack.
David Hamilton describes that in one experiment, the presence of Oxytocin, a known result of Loving Kindness Meditation, produced some quite remarkable results. Free radicals were reduced by 24 percent and inflammation by 26 percent.
Meditation Lowers Cholesterol: Less Stress, less Cortisol, less Plaque
When we are stressed our body releases stress hormones like cortisol that act as free radicals that destroy cells. The body produces cholesterol to patch up the damage. Meditation helps us to deal with stressful situations more efficiently, reducing the release of stress hormones that damage our cells and reduces our cholesterol.
People with high mindfulness scores had an 83% greater prevalence of improved cardiovascular health. Recent findings published in the International Journal of Behavioural Medicine from Brown University researchers, studied people who had “dispositional mindfulness”, and found that they had an 83% greater prevalence of good cardiovascular health, than the control group.