The Zoomer Report: 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 per cent 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.

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Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report

Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.