Meditation may help reduce some risk factors of heart disease.
As the American Heart Association explains, together with a healthy lifestyle and the use of medication to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other health threats to the heart, this practice is the most effective method of disease prevention.
To reach this conclusion, the American Heart Association reviewed studies on common forms of seated meditation such as Zen meditation, Raja yoga and transcendental meditation and its effects on the risk factors of heart disease. It found that these forms of meditation may be related to less stress, anxiety and depression.
In general, meditation has always been related to improved sleep quality and overall wellbeing. The study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, however, emphasizes that its benefits have yet to be clearly established. It is therefore important for people to not use meditation as a substitute for traditional medical treatment.