Nose spray filled with ‘love hormone’ oxytocin could help fight obesity, study shows

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  • Testing Shows That One Squirt In Each Nostril Is Enough To Stop Us Thinking About Food
  • Scientists think the spray could help tackle Britain’s obesity crisis – more than one in four adults in England are obese and a third are overweight
  • Oxytocin is called the love hormone because it is released by the brain during social scenarios including hugging, holding hands or kissing.

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A study suggests that a nasal spray containing the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin can help us lose weight.

Testing shows that one squirt in each nostril is enough to stop us from thinking about food.

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Scientists think the spray could help tackle Britain’s obesity crisis – more than one in four adults in England are obese and a third are overweight.

Oxytocin is called the love hormone because it is released by the brain during social scenarios including hugging, holding hands or kissing.

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A study suggests that a nasal spray containing the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin can help us lose weight. Testing shows that one squirt in each nostril is enough to stop us from thinking about food. (file image)

It is also released by pregnant women to induce labor.

But in recent years, several studies have found that instilling a man-made version of oxytocin into the nose can potentially cure everything from behavioral problems caused by autism in children to decreased libido to tinnitus. could.

The latest research by scientists from Imperial College London and Kingston University London suggests that the hormone may also inhibit hunger.

Forty volunteers, men and women, sprayed oxytocin in both nostrils before being shown images of food, couples being romantic, or scenes.

The researchers measured their reactions to the photographs after using the oxytocin spray and again after using a placebo spray.

Animal studies have found that daily oxytocin use triggers significant weight loss.  The hormone is believed to reduce activity in part of the brain's reward system – called the ventral tegmental area.  Researchers believe that nasal spray may help with weight loss in the future

Animal studies have found that daily oxytocin use triggers significant weight loss. The hormone is believed to reduce activity in part of the brain’s reward system – called the ventral tegmental area. Researchers believe that nasal spray may help with weight loss in the future

The results, which were published in the journal Appetite, showed that responses to food images were much slower after the hormone spray but hardly changed with the placebo spray.

Researchers said this suggests that our brains have a much lower calorie requirement when taking oxytocin.

Animal studies have found that daily oxytocin use triggers significant weight loss.

The hormone is believed to reduce activity in part of the brain’s reward system – called the ventral tegmental area. Researchers believe that the nasal spray may be helpful in weight loss in the future.

The scientists said in a report: ‘These findings may have important implications for people with obesity.’

However, oxytocin is not without its risks. Possible side effects of the hormone include nausea, low blood pressure, and even abnormal heart rhythms.

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