Study Shows That Classical Music Can Lower Cholesterol
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DECEMBER 26, 2008
David Johnson, Citizen Journalist

Recent studys show that prescribing music can improve heart health and lower cholesterol levels. The research found that if a person listens to 30 minutes a day of their favorite music, not only can it help him/ her relaxing mentally but it can also benefit him physically by expanding and clearing blood vessels.
This musical/ medical benefit is believed to work by triggering the release into the bloodstream of nitric oxide, which helps to prevent the build-up of blood clots and harmful cholesterol.
“The music effect lasts in the bloodstream for only a few seconds but the accumulative benefit of favorite tunes lasts and can be very positive in people of all ages,” said Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at Maryland University, who carried out the research. He added: “We were looking for cheaper, nonpharmacological aids to help us improve our patients’ heart health and we think this is the prescription.”
Other benefits included increased endurance on a treadmill by up to 15%, while most participants did not realise they were working harder.
The study also indicates that listening to stressful music can have a negative impact on one's health. Stressful music, which for many in the experiments included heavy metal and rap, can shrink blood vessels by 6% – having the same effect as eating a large hamburger.
Miller also advised parents to avoid listening to their teenage children’s music if it upset them because it could be the aural equivalent of passive smoking.
Don't be surprised if you soon hear your doctor say: "Take a tune and come back to see me in the morning."
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