Mindfulness and meditation training showed that it may be helpful in reducing inflammation, which could help prevent cognitive decline. In one trial, 55 adults with MCI enrolled in either mindfulness training or a general health education program (HEP). The former group included senses-awareness practice, focused breathing, visual-motor coordination tasks, and careful stretching. Participants attended one session a week for three months, and then once a month for another six months. The HEP-enrolled individuals attended lectures on a variety of topics including healthy eating, exercise, and mental health. All volunteers were asked to apply the lessons to their daily lives. Blood and saliva samples were collected at 0, 3, and 9 months and analyzed for chemical signs of inflammation. No significant changes were found in the HEP adults, but there were modest improvements in the meditation group.
Ng TKS, et al. Mindfulness improves inflammatory biomarker levels in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: a randomized controlled trial. Transl Psychiatry. 2020;10:21. doi: 10.1038/s41398-020-0696-y.