Practice yoga and meditation reverses the effects of stress on the DNA – InfoVitalis (press Release)

The reactions to the constant stress play against the health. Yoga and meditation can reverse those damages.

Science goes hand in hand with the ancient practices of yoga and meditation. Increasingly, there are more scientific studies that prove its health benefits.

It has already been shown that these activities help to prevent many diseases or improve the quality of life in others.

However, until now these benefits on health are supported in the induction of a state of relaxation. Now the science has advanced a step further.

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Coventry (United Kingdom) interventions mind/body that can be achieved with the practice of yoga and meditation can reverse the reactions caused in the genes for some diseases, such as depression.

“Millions of people around the world are already enjoying the health benefits of interventions mind/body like yoga and meditation. However, what you may not know is that these benefits start at a molecular level and can change the way in which it works our genetic code,” said Ivana Buric, director of the research published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology.

Molecular changes

One of the objectives of the research is to understand how the behavior of the genes affected by the interventions mind/body.

This managed to reveal a pattern in the molecular changes that take place in the body as a result of these interventions, mind/body, and how these changes benefit both physical and mental health.

When a person is exposed to a stressful situation, your sympathetic nervous system firing, which gives rise to an increase in the production of a transcription factor called nuclear factor kappa B’ (NF-kB), which regulates the manner in which they are expressed, what genes.

In stress conditions, which makes this NF-κb is to activate the genes that produce proteins called ‘cytokines’ that promote inflammation at the cellular level.

Although this inflammatory response is usually very brief, can have an extremely harmful effect in case of persisting long-term: increased cancer risk, accelerated aging, and or development of mental disorders such as depression.


What I was able to verify this research is that people who practice yoga and meditation show a reduction in the production of NF-kB and cytokines, which reverses the pattern of expression of pro-inflammatory genes and reduces the risk of diseases associated with this inflammation.

“These activities left in our cells what we call ‘molecular signatures’, which reverse the effect that stress or anxiety might have on your body by changing the way in which we express our genes. Such a simple way, the interventions mind/body cause our brains to target the processes of our DNA, a pathway, that enhances our well-being”, explained the author of the study.

The company is permanently living in an increasingly rapid pace, which does not help the health.

This results in the inflammatory responses to stress are each time more durable, which is very detrimental to the long-term.

The result is that the expression of pro-inflammatory genes can be persistent and, consequently, increase the risk of psychiatric disorders and other diseases.

Now, the solution is to practice yoga, Tai Chi or other traditional techniques of relaxation.


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