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Intercourse May Slow Aging

 While intercourse is not all fun and games, there are a number of incredible health benefits that it provides. For starters, being physically intimate can relieve stress, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, boost your immunity and make you feel more connected to and intimate with your partner. But the good news doesn't stop there. Being intimate at least once a week can safeguard your DNA and help you live longer. 
 
 
intercourse reduces aging

In the study, researchers at the University of California in San Francisco tracked the sex lives of a group of 129 mothers in relations for one week. The participants were asked to provide a daily report of their overall relationship satisfaction, as well as instances of conflict, support, and intimacy with their partners. 

The researchers then compared the women's reports to their blood samples and in doing so, they found a fascinating pattern. It was discovered that mothers who were intimate with their partners at least once during that week had a significantly longer telomeres-protective cap on DNA strands and the part of a cell responsible for aging - in comparison to those who did not. 

intercourse reduces aging
 

But what do telomeres have to do with a longer life? Over time, the telomeres found in your cells break down due to aging, poor diet and high alcohol consumption. However, the findings have shown that regular intercourse can repair and lengthen them, keeping cells healthy and young. 

Of course, such a small study warrants further research, and there are plenty of other science-backed ways to extend your life. But, previous studies have suggested that couples should be intimate at least once a week to reap most rewards. 

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