Meditation slows age-related brain loss

Long-term practitioners of meditation suffer less age-related loss of grey matter than non-meditators, an MRI study has found.

The study investigators, including Nicolas Cherbuin of the Australian National University, scanned the brains of 100 people with a mean age of 50, half of whom had practised meditation for an average of 20 years, the other half being non-meditating controls.

The scans showed age-related global grey matter loss in both arms, but the decline was much steeper in controls than meditators.

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