A meta-analytic review of the effects of mindfulness meditation on telomerase activity.
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Apr ;42:45-8. Epub 2014 Jan 7. PMID: 24636500
Nicola S Schutte
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.