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Orgasms better for brain activity than doing crossword puzzles and sudoku says researcher

Various studies have often suggested that there is a link between orgasms and good health.

Experiencing the Big O has been linked to lowering blood pressure and stress levels, help cope and alleviate pain and boost the immune system.

Some studies have suggested that it keeps you young looking because it releases DHEA, an anti-ageing steroid hormone.

It is said to make you sleep better and can help in depression, because the brain releases a cocktail of endorphins, including serotonin and prolactin.

Orgasms are said to reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer, and it’s also a great calorie burner.

So after all the health benefits that orgasms are supposed to provide - besides joy, happiness and love - orgasms still remain something of a mystery.

A researcher from the Rutgers University in New Jersey, Dr. Barry Komisaruk, and co-author of The Science Of Orgasm, has been studying women’s brains with MRI scanners as they climax, says that orgasms involve the entire brain.

Komisaruk in a previous study, said 30 areas of the brain were activated during orgasms.

“The sexual climax gives the whole brain a good workout, rather than just one area of it,” said Dr. Barry Komisaruk to the The Times.

“At orgasm we see a tremendous increase in the blood flow to the brain. “So my belief is it can’t be bad. It brings all the nutrients and oxygenation to the brain. Mental exercises (such as crosswords and Sudoku) increase brain activity but only in relatively localized regions. Orgasm activates the whole.”

“We know virtually nothing about pleasure,” he said. “It’s important to understand how the brain produces it. “What parts of the brain produce such intense pleasure, and can we use that in some way?

The 72-year-old researcher has been studying female sexual pleasure since the 1960s, starting his experiments on rats, but moved on to women in the 1980s, believes that "understanding what happens in our brains when we orgasm", could help us to "develop better anti-depressants and better pain management drugs as well as increasing sexual satisfaction."

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