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— September 15, 2018

Yoga Helps De-Stress Your Genes

  • Science has found how yoga affects your body.
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Yoga and meditation are famous for their stress-fighting effects. Now science appears to have learned why: They affect the way genes are expressed, or how your DNA controls what happens within your body. Both practices are mind-body interventions, a category that also includes activities such as tai chi and qigong. A British research team analyzed 18 studies of people who practiced MBIs regularly. Such practitioners were found to produce lower levels of nuclear factor-kappa B. Production of this molecule, known to regulate gene expression, ramps up when someone is under stress, leading to the release of substances linked to inflammation. Study results were published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology.

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