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August 23, 2011 Oxytocin In The News, Research Articles No Comments

Trust. Bond. Love. Cuddle. Calm. Connected.

These are the terms we associate with oxytocin, the hormone produced within our bodies during sex or lactation. It’s true that oxytocin does some spectacular neuro-work on our feelings and emotions, but oxytocin is also a super-hero in the way it helps our bodies combat stress.  Researchers in Italy and Australia are now studying oxytocin’s potential in the fight against cancer.

Here’s how oxytocin works against stress: we combat normal stressors every day such as traffic, job demands, and busy schedules.   When these stressors begin to act upon our body, cortisol is produced. Cortisol causes our bodies to experience nasty stress responses that include rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, shallow breathing, and hyper-alertness.

When this occurs, our bodies are designed to produce oxytocin, which counters the production of cortisol, thus slowing down our heart rate, lowering our blood pressure, bringing our breathing back to normal, and promoting nurturing and relaxing sensations.

Oxytocin has done its job, the stressor has been defeated, and our bodies are relaxed and at rest.

A recent study in Italy demonstrated that oxytocin and its analogues played a vital role in regulating cell proliferation. Australian research supported the claim that oxytocin may be a preventative factor in the development of breast cancer. And in a separate Australian study on small lung cancer, oxytocin is being reviewed as a critical aspect in targeting the biology behind the disease.

There are many natural methods by which to release a constant flow of oxytocin. Many of these require human contact, such as gentle touches and hugging. Singing, dancing, exercise, spending time with friends, and social networking have been proven effective, as well.

There are also oxytocin supplements available which can increase oxytocin levels in our bodies.

For a limited time readers can download a FREE copy of The Oxytocin Guide which reveals where to buy this exciting hormone and other potential uses for it by going to www.OxytocinCentral.com

Written by Luis Martinez, M.D. For more information contact Bryan Post, Managing Editor of Oxytocin Central  info@oxytocincentral.com or call (405) 476-1983

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