“In 2005, I noticed while I was practicing pranayamaI was producing so much saliva that I was almost drooling. I wondered why and what the overall impact of that was. This led me and my team to study whether increased saliva production was a common response to the practice, and we found that it was…[pranayama] changes the makeup of saliva by increasing the amount of nerve growth factor (NGF). When NGF is produced, it’s transported to the brain, where it signals nerve cells to grow or survive longer. Increased NGF could have a major impact on aging, and specifically on some of the degenerative diseases of the day like Alzheimer’s and cancer.”—Cell biologist, Sundar Balasubramanian in Discover (April 2019),
Deep Breathing Might Have Benefits We’re Only Beginning to Understand