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Does yoga help treat depression?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Bust a few yoga moves and you'll reduce stress. A little stress is no problem, but regular, negative stress is definitely a big problemo. By raising levels of high-anxiety hormones and slashing levels of feel-good brain chemicals, chronic tension paves the blues boulevard to chronic depression. Just one yoga session raises levels of the depression-fighting brain chemical GABA (that's gamma-aminobutyric acid for you science geeks) by a whopping 27%.

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