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The Health Benefits of Yoga: Biochemical Effects

Do you know about the health benefits of yoga? As we had written in our previous articles, we can divide the health benefits into three categories, physiological benefits, psychological benefits and biochemical effects. This article would be the last series of articles about the health benefits of  yoga with focus on the biochemical effects.

According to Harvard Medical School research, a regular practice of yoga will activate disease-fighting genes in the long term. These genes also have positive effects to the yogi’s (yoga practitioner) mood, behavior and environment.

The relaxation effects of yoga also get higher through yoga methods, such as meditation and deep breathing. Yoga practitioners will have a greater possibility in the following factors:

  • Remains free of arthritis
  • Remains free of joint pain
  • Stronger immunity
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Healthier hormone levels

The state of mind of a yoga practitioner also affects his/her body on both physical and genetic level. This explains why repetitive mantra of yoga is considered to be a strong and powerful remedy in ancient India medicine.

Then, how yoga can have powerful effects to body chemicals? Many studies proved the destructive effect of stress to human’s body. The production of stress hormones causes the following effects:

  • Raises heart rate
  • Raises blood pressure
  • Lowers fertility
  • Weakens immunity
  • Physical pain

In a separate action, in a yoga practitioner’s body, regular practice of yoga improves the biochemical profile. It indicates an antioxidant and anti-stress effect which is important to prevent degenerative diseases. The health benefits of yoga related to biochemical profile include:

Biochemical Health Benefits of Yoga
  • Increases HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol
  • Increases cholinesterase
  • Increases ATPase (Adenosine Triphosphate)
  • Increases Hematocrit
  • Increases hemoglobin
  • Increases oxygen levels in your brain
  • Increases prolactin
  • Increases oxytocin
  • Increases total serum protein
  • Increases thyroxin
  • Increases lymphocyte count
  • Decreases total white blood cell
  • Decreases catecholamine
  • Decreases LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol
  • Decreases triglycerides
  • Decreases total cholesterol
  • Decreases sodium
  • Decreases glucose

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