Oxytocin

Oxytocin is a peptide whose molecular structure consists of nine amino acids released by the human posterior pituitary gland. The neurons that make oxytocin are similar to those that make vasopressin. Oxytocin has a role in various human behaviors. It is known as the “love hormone” because of its role in orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, and maternal behaviors.

Benefits of Oxytocin include:

  • Reduces the feeling of isolation
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Influences insulin and glucagon
  • Improves sexual intimacy
  • Helps build lasting relationships
  • Relieves stress
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Induces a relaxed state
  • Creates a feeling of calmness
  • Increases immunity
  • Eases depression
  • Promotes faster wound healing
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Reduces cravings and addictions
  • Regulates sleep patterns
  • Contributes to a general sense of wellbeing

Oxytocin is relatively safe when used at recommended doses, and side effects are uncommon.