More Meditation benefits

Six million people around the world have studied the techniques of transcendental meditation and now there’s more evidence about its benefits in reducing stress and improving focus.

A study out of the Medical College of Wisconsin shows that African-Americans with heart disease who regularly practiced transcendental meditation were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die from all causes compared with African-Americans who attended a health education class over more than five years.

The research found that those practicing meditation also lowered their blood pressure and reported less stress and anger. And the more regularly patients meditated, the greater their survival. The lead researcher recommends meditating for 20 minutes, twice a day. And although this study was conducted with African Americans, he says that suggestion stands for patients of any other race or ethnicity.