(NaturalPath) According to a new study published in PLOS One, transcendental meditation can reduce rates of high blood pressure and heart attacks. Two factors that contribute to hypertension are stress and lifestyle which is why meditation can be helpful.
The study took 48 black men and women with high blood pressure, assigning half to a group that learned transcendental meditation and received a basic health education course, while the other half focused on achieving lifestyle modifications including weight reduction, reducing salt intake, taking up regular physical activity and moderation alcohol intake. The researchers noted another trial should be undertaken with the use of an inactive or placebo control group. Additionally, the sample size was pretty small.
For more information, read the full study.
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