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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Yoga improves mood

Researchers at Boston University found that practicing yoga is an effective way to improve mood and reduce anxiety. They analyzed the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is synthesized in the brain and improves its recovery function.

Low levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid are associated with the occurrence of depression and anxiety, explain specialists.

In a study involving two randomized groups of volunteers, the research team is trying to determine the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid and how they affect the mental health of the participants.

For 12 weeks the first group practiced yoga three times a week with a duration of one hour. The second is checksum.
Researchers monitored the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid using the magnetic resonance imaging before and after the start of the study.

The results show that levels gamma-aminobutyric acid volunteers practicing yoga, are higher than those of the control group. After an interview with a specialist to determine the mental health of volunteers, it was found that the first group with reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression as opposed to the second.

The results and conclusions of the study are published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.