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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Bring it on! Sex does boost intelligence

IANS  New York, February 24, 2014
First Published: 15:25 IST(24/2/2014) | Last Updated: 15:40 IST(24/2/2014)

Sex not only helps decrease stress levels and burn away calories, but boosts your intelligence too!

Love-making proved to greatly increase the creation of new neurons located within the hippocampus - an area of the brain that is responsible for the formation of long-term memory, say researchers.

"We discovered that even though there had been the production of new neurons, the cognitive abilities acquired during the experiment decreased once the mice were subjected to long periods without sexual activity," psychologists from the University of Maryland in the US were quoted as saying.

Increased sexual activity floods an individual's brain cells with oxygen, they noted.

Another study by Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea, provided further substantial evidence.

According to the Korean study, sex increases intellectual functions.

Sexual activity buffers the creation of neurons in the hippocampal region of the brain, which acts against detrimental functions caused by extreme stress.

Older couples that are more sexually active have less odds of getting dementia which is due to a variation of complicated reasons, said a report in Glamour magazine.


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