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Oxytocin Released During Hugging May Have Anti-Aging Properties

The Huffington Post reports on new research published in Nature Communications that has found that the hormone oxytocin, released during hugging or other bonding activities, may have anti-aging properties. Researchers “injected oxytocin into older mice with muscle damage and deterioration.” Though the older mice initially had much lower levels of oxytocin than the young mice, after 9 days, the older mice who were given oxytocin had better muscle healing than the older mice who did not receive the injection. Previous studies have found that certain anti-aging molecules are associated with increased risk of cancer and, thus, researchers are hopefully that oxytocin may offer a harmless alternative.

Read the article published by The Huffington Post.

Read the study in Nature Communications.