Listening to music improves health, claims report

ipodListening to music can make music lovers healthier without them having to do any additional exercise, a new report has claimed.

Research from the University of Nis, Serbia revealed that people can improve the health of their heart by just listening to their favourite songs.

In the study, which trialled people with heart disease, patients who listened to their favourite music improved the function of their heart by an average of 19 percent.

Listening to favourite songs can release endorphins which boosts vascular health. According to the study, music without lyrics was found to be the most effective.

Professor Delijanin Ilic, lead investigator from the institute of cardiology at University of Nis, Serbia, told the Daily Telegraph: ‘When we listen to music we like, then endorphins are released from the brain and this improves our vascular health. There is no ‘best music’ for everyone – what matters is what the person likes and makes them happy.’

‘It is also possible that it is better to have music without words, because it is possible that the words themselves can upset the emotions.’

The report was presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s annual congress in Amsterdam.

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