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5 hidden health benefits of sex for men

It's without a doubt a highly pleasurable activity and has immense health benefits to boot.

Written by Nirmalya Dutta |Published : May 15, 2014 5:57 PM IST

Sex health benefitsIt's hard to understand why society in general has such a prudish attitude towards sex. It's without a doubt a highly pleasurable activity and has immense health benefits to boot. Here are five of them:

It's a mini workout

Scientists at the University of Quebec in Canada found that sexual activities are effective in burning calories when compared to moderate intensity exercises. They found that men burned around 4.2 calories a minute which is roughly equivalent to cycling or playing doubles tennis. And considering it is far more fun than walking on the treadmill, there's no reason why you shouldn't jump into bed more often for you weight loss regime of course!

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Sex makes us happy

A study by sociologists at the University of Colarodo found that we feel happier when we have more sex, and even more so when we think we're having more sex than our neighbours or friends! Those who had sex at least two to three times a month were 33 per cent more likely to report a higher level of happiness than those who had no sex during the previous 12 months. That happiness effect appears to rise as we have more sex. Compared to those who had no sex in the previous year, those who had sex once a week were 44 per cent more likely to report a higher level of happiness.

Boosts your immune system

A study conducted at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, found people who had more regular sex had 30% higher levels of the antigen immunoglobin A as compared to people who didn't. This defends your body against colds and flu.

Lowers your blood pressure

There is a definite link between sex and lower blood pressure. Joseph J Pinzone, MD (CEO and medical director of Amai Wellness) told WebMd: 'There have been many studies. One landmark study found that sexual intercourse specifically (not masturbation) lowered systolic blood pressure.'

Helps you sleep better

Endorphins are without a doubt one of the most vital hormones for us. When they're released we feel happier, we can beat physical barriers and it even helps us sleep better! Also the hormone prolactin is released (whose levels are naturally higher when you're asleep), which suggests that getting under the covers will certainly help you sleep better.

Makes your more intelligent

Does having sex make you a genius or do geniuses want to have more sex? That's a hard question to answer but highly intelligent people seem to also have high libido. Scientists in Melbourne have found that having sex helps improve mental performance and boosts the production of neurons in the hippocampus, the part of the brain where long term memories are made.

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