We read a lot about the scientifically-proven benefits of music education but a recent study even surprised us: music can improve your DNA.
Listening to classical music can cause a surge in the “glucocorticoid receptor, which regulates stress, depression and even addictive behaviors,” notes Music.Mic, which can explain why we are so comforted by music and why music therapy has been successful in hospitals and assisted living facilities across the country.
But that’s not all. Listening to music also acts as a protective shield against the “bad” genes, including those that are associated with degeneration like Parkinson’s Disease.
This is the first type of study that evaluates the effects of music on a molecular level. Most studies gain information by brain scans, but researchers from the University of Helsinki tried a different approach and we’re sure other scientists will follow.
Yet, the benefits of music are not evenly distributed. Only people who have musical experience — those who have spent years listening to or making music — benefit from music’s powerful effects. Those who did not have musical experience showed no difference in their genes.
As if you need another excuse to learn to play the piano or sing! Start making music now and your body will benefit.
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