Music is like food to the soul. The right notes can dampen appetite, relax blood vessels, and improve brain focus but their are a number of other health benefits not very many people know of.
Good music Relaxes The Blood Vessels
A University of Maryland study found that listening to music that brings you joy causes blood vessels to expand, increasing blood flow and improving cardiovascular health.
The research found that the average upper-arm blood vessel diameter of people in the study increased 26 percent after listening to joyful music.
A separate review of 26 studies covering almost 1,400 heart disease patients found that music reduced heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety.
Playing An Instrument May Protect Brain Sharpness As You Age
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience concluded that the more years middle-aged and older adults spent playing musical instruments as children, the faster their brains responded to speech sounds.
A slower response could be indicative of how ably adults interpret speech. Being a millisecond faster may not seem like much, but the brain is very sensitive to timing. A millisecond compounded over millions of neurons can make a real difference in the lives of older adults.
Favourite Tunes Can Help You Keep Calm
According to an Ohio State University study, patients in intensive care units (ICU) that Listened to their favorite music lowered anxiety among ICU patients by about one third.
The music however isn’t just any tunes. It had to be familiar and comforting pieces, according to researchers.
Moody Music Reduces The Amount Of Food You Eat
According to a Cornell study in the journal Psychological Reports, fine dining restaurants that went through a makeover—including soft lighting and jazz, caused diners to eat about 18 percent less and them reporting enjoying their food more.
Inspiring Instrumentals Improve Mental Focus
Uplifting concertos from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons can boost mental alertness, according to research from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom.
When young adults were given a task that required intense concentration, they did better while listening to the bright “Spring” concerto versus the slower and more somber “Autumn” one.