New study reveals the amount of sex you need to have to improve your intelligence
There are plenty of things in this world that we can all fight over or disagree on, from which political parties we vote for to whether pineapple has any place on a pizza. But there is perhaps one thing that we can all (or at least most of us can) agree on: sex is pretty damn great.
There's terrible sex and there's amazing sex, depending on various factors with any sexual partners, but when it goes well there can be a vast amount of benefits. Obviously, it feels good, which doesn't really need to be said, but there have been a plethora of studies and research over the years that have revealed new reasons why we should be getting down to it on the regular.
In men, frequent ejaculation can lower the risk of prostate cancer, while it also lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease in everyone. It has been found to boost your immune system, relieve headaches, while stress-reducing hormones like prolactin relaxes you for a good night's sleep. In addition to this, you can actually burn calories with an instance of horizontal jogging, with a study in the journal PLOS ONE showing that the "level of intensity that is exerted from sexual activity" falls somewhere in between a long walk and jogging in an average session.
But now, to add to the many reasons why you should get laid as often as possible, it apparently makes you smarter too. Researchers from Coventry University in the UK recently conducted a study in which they asked 73 adults aged 50 to 83 how often they had sex, then asked them to perform tasks to test their brain function. Various categories were touched upon, including memory, fluency, and visuospatial abilities.
The study, which was published in The Journals of Gerontology, was mostly tested on women, with men only taking up 38.4% of the participants. One example is naming as many words they could that started with the letter 'f', while others had them copy a complex drawing from memory as accurate as possible.
As it turns out, those that had sex at least weekly scored higher on these cognitive function tests than those who had it less often, especially on tests that measured verbal fluency and visuospatial ability.
A significant reason given is the fact that the more sex you have, the more dopamine is produced in your brain. This neurotransmitter has been linked to a bunch of important brain functions such as working memory and executive function, as well as being one of the more pleasurable things to be released in your body.
Yet when you think about it - more sex tends to mean more social and mental engagement with others, which is always going to help with learning processes. Add on top of this the fact that the lack of stress and improved mood makes it easier to function in general, and it seems like a no-brainer.