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. 2014 Apr;42:45-8.
doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.12.017. Epub 2014 Jan 7.

A Meta-Analytic Review of the Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Telomerase Activity

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A Meta-Analytic Review of the Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Telomerase Activity

Nicola S Schutte et al. Psychoneuroendocrinology. .

Abstract

The enzyme telomerase, through its influence on telomere length, is associated with health and mortality. Four pioneering randomized control trials, including a total of 190 participants, provided information on the effect of mindfulness meditation on telomerase. A meta-analytic effect size of d=0.46 indicated that mindfulness meditation leads to increased telomerase activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. These results suggest the need for further large-scale trials investigating optimal implementation of mindfulness meditation to facilitate telomerase functioning.

Keywords: Meditation; Meta-analysis; Mindfulness; Telomerase; Telomere.

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