Want Better Immunity? Fall In Love!
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- Dr. Jatin Bhide
Falling in love is not only one of the most important and emotionally potent events in life, it also has immunological implications. Researchers at the Tulane University, USA, decided to dig deeper and found that falling in love may boost genes in women’s immune systems related to fighting infection.
The research went on for two years in the course of which the scientists mapped the physiological changes that accompanied the initiation and progression of romantic relationships. Says researcher Damian Murray, “What we found was that women who fell in love had increased activity of genes involved in antiviral defences, compared to when they began the study.
No similar change was observed in women who did not fall in love.” The study notes that this could reflect a kind of a proactive response to anticipating future intimate contact. This increased activity of antiviral genes is also consistent with the biological preparation of the body for pregnancy.
The researchers now hope to look at the longer-term health implications of love in both men and women, not just when people are newly in love, but also when they have been securely in love for a while.
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