This year, it seems, we’re covering lots of ways to preserve and defend your memories. Thankfully, the best ways to do so are really fun—video games, exercise, music lessons, and today’s post, meditation. While there are treatments for dementia, personal care is sometimes hard to come by. Throughout the world, it’s nearly impossible to help everyone who is suffering from memory loss and dementia. By developing alternatives to traditional medicine, we open the door to better protection and treatment for others.
One of the ways that researchers from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital found to help treat memory impairment is through mantra-based meditation. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. What they discovered was that just 12 minutes of meditation per day significantly improved blood flow in the patient’s prefrontal, superior frontal, and superior parietal cortices.
The control group spent the same 12 minutes listening to classical music. When the dust settled, those who took part in mantra-based meditation showed substantial improvement in dealing with tension and fatigue. In brain scans, the change in cerebral brain fluid was directly tied to the improved patients’ mood states and cognitive function.
Preserving your mind is an enjoyable thing to do. Playing video games, exercising, exploring new cities, learning music, and mantra-based meditation are all great ways to help keep your mind sharp as you age. Some health conditions require giving up what you love to help preserve the quality of your life (such as sugary foods or salt). For memory problems, the best things you can do are very likely the things you love to do anyway. So live life to the fullest, and take a few minutes to play some video games every once in a while.
The Pleasant Hills Apothecary Team