6. Decreased Blood Pressure
This finding was a surprise to many people, although it shouldn’t be. One of the risk factors for high blood pressure is stress and anxiety. Meditation targets this risk factor by helping to alleviate these causes and prevent heart disease and strokes over time. Decreasing your risks of these diseases is important for overall health. If you’ve struggled with high blood pressure without having improvements through other lifestyle changes, practicing meditation offers a therapeutic effect.
5. Improved Memory
Alzheimer’s Disease is often thought of as being impossible to treat. While there may not be a cure for this condition, meditation practices may decrease the risk of this disease by improving cognitive processes. Some studies have shown that meditation affects the parts of the brain often affected by Alzheimer’s. Also, in patients who already have this disease, practicing meditation can improve cognitive function and prevent atrophy. This benefit is especially important for people who may have a family history of Alzheimer’s.