Studies show saunas can protect against heart, brain diseases

Since ancient times, saunas have been used for relaxation and wellness. Now, multiple studies are suggesting that enjoying a good sweat can also help to stave off heart disease, stroke and even dementia.

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland tracked more than 2,300 men for longer than two decades and found that subjects who used saunas regularly had a 63 per cent decrease in deaths from heart attacks and strokes. They also found a 66 per cent reduction in cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers also discovered that the frequency of sauna sessions played a dramatic role in how protective the practice was for the men’s health. They noticed improvements in blood pressure, blood flow and heart function in as little as four sauna sessions a week over a two-month period.

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