A study has posited that having regular sex will boost intelligence.
This is coming on the heel of a previous research which shows that sex not only helps to decrease your stress levels but also burns up calories.
The latest research, conducted on mice, found that love-making greatly increased the creation of neurons located within the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is responsible for the formation of long-term memory.
And stopping the mice from having sex led to a fall-off in their intelligence, the psychologists from the University of Maryland were quoted as saying.
‘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,’ they said
Increased sexual activity floods an individual’s brain cells with oxygen, they noted. Neurons are a specialised type of cell which make up the basic building blocks of the nervous system.
Further evidence in support of the team’s discovery came from a study by Konkuk University in South Korea.
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