Nutrihealthline has listed a lot of health secrets for doing Yoga in our previous post, and here we have one more valuable benefit. A UCLA team of neuroscientists in their recent study concluded that a three-month course of yoga and meditation have the chances of enhancing your memory and minimize the risk of Alzheimer’s.
What’s more surprising is that Practicing Yoga asanas was beneficial in managing the cognitive impairment more than the memory enhancement exercises, which are usually considered the most effective technique till date.
Helen Lavretsky, the study’s senior author and a professor in UCLA’s department of psychiatry, in a Press Release said, “Yoga provided a wider gain than the memory training since it also helped with mood, anxiety and coping skills.”
This Study which was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease on May 10, is the first one to compare the results of Yoga and Mediation to that of memory training. The Memory Training program involves the activities ranging from crossword puzzles to the other computer programs.
The study was conducted on 25 participants, who were all aged 55 plus and were suffering from memory issues, be it forgetting names, appointments and misplacing things. They underwent memory tests and brain scans at the start and end of the study.
11 of 25 participants were given memory enhancement training an hour a week, and were asked to spend 20 minutes a day performing memory exercises, based on research-backed techniques. The rest of 14 participants from the study have taken an hour a week class in Kundalini yoga, and have practiced Kirtan Kriya meditations for twenty minutes every day.
After 12 weeks, researchers found similar verbal memory skills results from both groups participants, like remembering names or lists of words. But, participants who practiced Yoga and mediatation have shown better memory enhancement in visual-spatial memory skills, compared to the participants in Memory training group.
“Historically and anecdotally, yoga has been thought to be beneficial in ageing well, but this is the scientific demonstration of that benefit,” lead author of the study Harris Eyre said.
The Yoga-meditation group have also shown better results in handling depression, stress and anxiety and improving coping skills. “We’re converting historical wisdom into the high level of evidence required for doctors to recommend therapy to their patients,” Eyre further added.