Everyone loves falling in love...but find out if it is real or a chemical process in the body!
There is no feeling more powerful than the "In Love" feeling. It has been described as a high that feels like walking on cloud 9. In the eyes of those who feel they are in love, their dearly loved can do no wrong. Little do most know that there are many hormones and chemicals released by the brain that are involved with producing this feeling of being in love and it is for this reason that it is extremely dangerous to make a major commitment to the person you love while being under the influence of the chemical addiction to love.
The body is a complex organ whose actions are often fueled by invisible chemical reactions. Most individuals describe being in love as if they are uncontrollably driven to be with and please the person who has their heart. They give to that person with out thinking about it and there is almost nothing they would not do for that person to make them happy. However, it is important to realize what invisible events occur to cause this uncontrollable behavior.
According to Donatella Marazziti of the University of Pisa, the early stages of romantic love begin with the release of adrenaline and phenyl ethylamine (or PEA, also present in small amounts in chocolate), two big word hormones that are ignited when two people find themselves increasingly attracted to each other. Marazziti also discovered that the early stages of "being in love" are associated with a low level of serotonin which causes people in the early stages of romantic love to have a euphoria that causes them to obsessively think about, want to be around and consistently reflect back on the romantic events spent with their beloved.
More interestingly, in Marazziti's research, she discovered that in men there was a decrease in the male hormone, testosterone, and in women this hormone increased. Testosterone is linked to aggression and sexual desire and is the hormone that causes men in the uterus to become male instead of remaining female.
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