Alzheimer's Breakthrough & Meditation

age well meditation neurological wellbeing yoga therapy Jan 27, 2022

Increasing Gamma Brainwaves

A new study published this year by the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (1) in Korea found that using ultrasound-based gamma entrainment (that's a non-invasive method of using ultrasound to sync brain waves above 30 Hertz - Gamma waves) has the potential to fight off the accumulation of tau proteins and formation of β-amyloid plaques in the brain.  Tau proteins and β-amyloid plaques are indicators in the onset of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

One of the lead researchers in the study, Assistant Professor Tae Kim, stated "while our approach can significantly improve the quality of life of patients by slowing the progression of AD, it could also offer a new solution to other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease."

This is great news for people living with neurodegenerative disorders!

Meditation has similar results

Yes, it is true.  Over the years many studies have identified, via EEG imaging, the ability of meditation to increase gamma brainwave activity.  One such study by Braboszcz et al (2017) (2) investigated three different types of meditation and compared participants to a control group.  All meditators in the study showed increased gamma brainwaves - 60-110 Hertz.  

Previous studies have also found positive correlations between increased gamma activity and long-term meditators. 

The authors state "we have provided evidence that daily meditation practice is correlated to both state and trait changes in the observed amplitude of brain electrical oscillations of three different meditation practices".

Are you meditating daily?

It seems like a simple thing to commit to.  Yet, as we know, us humans have the ability to talk ourselves into and out off anything, making excuses along the way.  What if you committed to 15 minutes of meditation a day?  Over time you may see some really positive cognitive changes.  

Imagine if you could delay, slow down, or even prevent dementia, simply by committing to a daily meditation practice.  Meditation is affordable, and in fact free once you learn how to practice on your own.  It is one of the simplest ways to increase gamma wave activity in your brain.  Another effective yogic technique is humming breath.  Humming breath has also been found to increase gamma wave activity. 

Why not incorporate meditation and humming into your daily routine.  Find out more about Humming breath here.

Want some support with this?

Join our Membership group.  We have two yoga classes each week, and two monthly meditations, as well as a tonne of pre-recorded resources for you to keep you engaged in your practice.

Feel as though individual support is what you need?  We can help you there with an individual, tailor-made, 3 week Yoga Therapy ProgramFind out more here.

 

References:

1.  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220124103914.htm

2.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5261734/

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