Chanting mantras helps to improve brain power, memory

Learning Sanskrit mantras has been shown to increase those parts of the brain that are linked to memory and reasoning abilities.

Study published in the prestigious journal, Scientific American

The research carried out by a team of scientists from Italy analysed a group of Vedic priests to study whether there is a link between intensive oral text memory and the physical structure of the brain. They used MRI at India’s National Brain Research Centre to scan the brains of professionally trained Sanskrit pandits.

The findings showed that the MRI scan of the brains of priests showed an increase in grey matter density and cortical thickness in language, memory and visual systems.

Their findings also showed that the priests' right hippocampus had more grey matter that controls across nearly 75% of this subcortical structure. The right hippocampus is a region of the brain that plays a vital role in both short and long-term memory.

In Alzheimer’s disease, the hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain to suffer damage.

The study suggests that its not just Sanskrit mantras that can produce the effect. Any intensive verbal memory training may help.

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