A study led by UCLA has concluded that a 3 month course practicing yoga and meditation may reduce risk of dementia and other precursors for Alzheimer’s. The study used 25 participants, aged 55 or older, and had 14 practice certain forms of yoga and meditation for 12 weeks, while the other 11 practiced memory exercises daily for 12 weeks. While both groups experienced improvements in verbal memory skills, the group who practiced yoga and meditation were able to apply their visual spatial memory skills much better. Visual spatial memory is the ability to navigate and remember locations.

A protein called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Growth Factor was increased with yoga and meditation. Researchers suggest the increase of that protein may be the cause of the memory, mood, and stress relief improvements. This strategy may be effective for those at risk to combat a rapid decline of healthy cognitive activity.  click for more