Tai Chi Found As Effective As Brisk Walking for Anti-aging
May 18, 2014 -
Tai Chi has been shown to have
many great health benefits. However, few research attempts have been made to
explore the effects of practicing Tai Chi on life span. A study by China Medical
University in Taiwan provides direct evidence of Tai Chi's anti-aging effects.
The researchers conducted a
retrospective cross-sectional study to compare the rejuvenating and anti-aging
effects among Tai Chi group (TCC) and brisk walking group (BW) and no exercise
habit group (NEH). Thirty-two participants were selected out of a possible 60
based on a survey, and they were separated into three groups: the TCC group
(practicing for more than 1 year), the BW group (practicing for more than 1
year), and the NEH group.
The CD34(+) cell counts in
peripheral blood of the participants was determined, and the Kruskal-Wallis test
was used to evaluate and compare the anti-aging effects of the three groups. Of
the 32 participants in this study, the 10 participants in the TCC group
outperformed the 12 members in the NEH group with respect to the number of
CD34(+) progenitor cells. No significant difference was found between the TCC
group and the BW group.
The results from this study
suggested that Tai Chi practice sustained for more than 1 year may be an
intervention against aging as effective as BW in terms of its benefits on the
improvement of CD34(+) number.
This study is published in the
latest issue of the journal Cell Transplant.