Pretty Women Make Men Feel Better
Just a five minute talk with a pretty woman raises a man's testosterone levels by 14 percent, making him feel better and more alert.
A new study shows that chatting with women raises the levels of the hormones testosterone and cortisol in a man's body, making him feel better both physically and mentally. Researchers at the University of California studied 149 male students between 18 and 24, half of whom were asked to talk to a male researcher, the other half to female students.
The men who talked to the students were found to have 14% higher testosterone levels and 48% higher cortisol levels than the control group. The men who talked to the researcher suffered a 2% drop of their testosterone and 7% of their cortisol. Cortisol reduces stress and raises blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
The findings suggest that men could be better off having a chat with their female friends than going down the pub with their mates.
“It all boils down to sex,” she said. “High levels of testosterone are associated with boosting sexual performance whereas cortisol helps focus your energy and helps you deal with anxiety.”
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