Transcendental Meditation's tangible—and significant—health benefits have been confirmed by another pair of heart-disease-related studies. In one, a nine-year look at black Americans with heart disease, those who practiced TM had a 50% lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and death compared to a control group using traditional preventative measures. The effect was so impressive that it was almost as if they were taking a new kind of medication, said the authors.
The results wouldn’t shock anyone who’s followed research on TM, the lead author tells the Los Angeles Times. “But this is the first controlled clinical trial to show that long-term practice of this particular stress reduction program reduces the incidence of clinical cardiovascular events.” Another study shows a 52% lower risk of developing hypertension among college students at risk for high blood pressure who attended a TM class.