Dr Tommy Tacker explains the many ways that oxytocin can help you in your life. Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced naturally within the body through a variety of methods. Oxytocin benefits our bodies in a myriad of ways. Oxytocin has anti-anxiety effects by reducing the stress hormone cortisol, and reduces our blood pressure. Oxytocin improves sleep and promotes feelings of well-being. Oxytocin boosts our immune system and enhances sexual intimacy. Promising research is being done on the benefits of oxytocin for autism, schizophrenia, drug addictions, and fibromyalgia, just to new a few of its possible uses.
Oxytocin has been long known to be associated with female psychology, particularly with regard to the reproduction processes – such as giving birth or having sex. Now it seems that oxytocin could be linked to female happiness per se. A graduate researcher in America studied the oxytocin levels of women before and after they were given $24 by a stranger. Oxytocin levels rose in most of the women, but rose most in those women who were already happier in their lives.
A new oxytocin study, a new discovery as to the effects of the ‘Love Hormone’ on human behaviour. A team of British researchers based have confirmed that a person who has inhaled a whiff of oxytocin will find people more sexually attractive. According to Angeliki Theodoridou, a psychologist at the University of Bristol, after inhaling oxytocin “we are more likely to see people we don’t know in a more positive light”.
Theodoridou’s team tested 96 men and women in a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. After participants got either a spritz of oxytocin or a placebo, they were asked to rate pictures of 48 men and women for attractiveness and 30 for trustworthiness. Her team also tested for mood.
No matter their sex or mood, volunteers who received oxytocin rated male and female strangers as both more attractive and trusting.
Oxytocin nasal sprays are soon going to be a multi-million dollar industry. Presently, only one company sells oxytocin sprays as a means of improving trust and sexual attractiveness. You can click to buy Liquid Trust oxytocin spray here.
The Times reports today that a passionate kiss releases a surge of oxytocin into the brain, making a lover feel happy, excited or relaxed. A study at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania found that kissing reduced the levels of cortisal (a stress hormone) in both the male and female participants, raised the levels of oxytocin in the male volunteers, but unexpectedly, not the women.
This was an unexpected result but Hill and her co-researchers believe the fact that the tests were carried out in an unromantic campus health centre also played a part. Over the past year they have run the tests again in a softer setting complete with romantic background music.
I wouldn’t call it unexpected at all. From what is becoming manifestly clear, oxytocin is a chemical produced by the brain in order to promote long-term bonding. In an unromantic setting, it would clearly not be in a female’s interest to establish such bonding as a result of a sexual encounter. Of course, romance doesn’t play such a huge part in the male sexual response, thus it is no surprise that a man’s oxytocin levels can rise even in such an artificial lab style setting.
A study published recently in the Journal of Theoretical Biology warned that women seeking committed males should avoid having sex on the first date. The reason? The rush of Oxytocin released into the female brain after sex can trick her into bonding too early with the man, before she has had a chance to weigh up his suitability as a long term mate.
Raise the Oxytocin levels of you and your partner in the stressful Christmas period by making sure you touch and sweet talk each other every day.
“Everyone knows how important it is to spend time with their partner, but 24 hours can go by and you realize you’ve barely noticed each other,” says sexologist Trina Read, author of Till Sex Do Us Part.
“During times of big stress, dealing with all the stuff around the holidays, make sure you touch your partner every day because it raises oxytocin levels.”