2. Lower Blood Pressure
Once stress is reduced, then you can begin to analyze more specific effects of meditation on your health. The first area to take a look at is blood pressure. Meditation can help normalize blood pressure because of what’s called the “relaxation response,” which helps produce more of the compound nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps blood vessels open up which then helps reduce blood pressure.
Dr. Randy Zusman of Massachusetts General Hospital explained to NPR how prescribing meditation for patents with high blood pressure could lead to a reduction in need for common blood pressure medication. Once patients were trained to meditate in order to achieve the relaxation response, the results were very encouraging. According to Zusman, over 60 percent of patients found that the relaxation response worked to lower their blood pressure to the point that they could stop taking some of their medication.