Research – Health Benefits of Love & Heart Health

  1. Hugs are good for your heart!  Frequent hugs between spouses/partners are associated with lower blood pressure and higher oxytocin levels in premenopausal women. Oxytocin helps strengthen the cardiovascular system. Source: Biol Psychol.2005 Apr;69(1):5-21. Epub 2004 Dec 29.
  2. Social factors such as a couple relationship sustain healthy brain functioning not only through social and cognitive stimulation.  Source: BMJ 2009;339:b2462
  3. Patients with known coronary heart disease should be recommended to consume n-3 fatty acid supplements at 1 g per day, without raising concerns for interactions with other medications or side effects. Source: J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2009 Nov;54(5):378-384.
  4. Dog ownership is associated with higher physical activity levels in adults. Children from dog-owning families spent more time in light or moderate to vigorous physical activity and recorded higher levels of activity counts per minute and steps per day than did children without dogs. Source: Am J Public Health. 2010 Sep;100(9):1669-71.