Meditation is often thought of as something that only affects your mind. However, a new study suggests that those who meditate regularly can experience significant benefits to their physical health as well. 

It is generally accepted that meditation is an effective way of managing stress and anxiety. 

Recent studies using brain monitoring technology have also proven that meditation can physically alter your brain; expanding areas responsible for decision making and shrinking parts associated with anxiety and fear. 

Now, a new study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that meditation may lower the risk of severe health conditions, including cardiovascular disease.

Here are some of the new findings according to the study

Regular sessions of meditation are associated with:

  • 35% lower risk of high cholesterol
  • 14% lower risk of high blood pressure
  • 30% lower risk of diabetes
  • 24% lower risk of stroke
  • 49% lower risk of coronary artery disease.

It is important to note that meditation alone is not the only factor in these findings. Things like smoking, exercise, and diet play a larger role.

That being said, the results suggest that meditation can improve cardiovascular health and this study will lead the way for clinical trials.