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Study Shows Masturbation Boosts Your Immune System

The study by a German university analyzed the effects of masturbation-induced orgasm.
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Maintaining a good immune system is always ideal. And it definitely doesn't hurt to do all you can to do so, including eating fruit and vegetables, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly.

Another thing you can do? Masturbate, apparently.

That's according to the Department of Medical Psychology at the University Clinic of Essen in Essen, Germany, which published its findings in a study on the effects of sexual arousal on white blood cell circulation and protein production in men.

"In order to investigate whether and to what extent sexual arousal and orgasm induce changes in cellular immune functions in men, the present study analyzed the effects of masturbation-induced orgasm," the study said.

Participants were asked to masturbate until orgasm in a controlled condition without sexual activity. Throughout the study, blood was continuously drawn to keep track of endocrine (or glands that produce hormones) parameters.

The results found that an increase in adrenaline and good protein concentrations came from sexual arousal and orgasm. But it also increased leukocytes which have been known to counteract foreign substances and disease.

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The study only involved men but increased protein and catecholamine which deals with the immune system from orgasms have been observed in both men and women.

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