Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk, Author: Chloe Morgan

According to recent research, women’s bodies respond to a new romance as if they are fighting off an infection. The study looked at how love affects genes governing the immune system. Experts found falling in love is associated with immune system gene regulation.

When women fall in love, they experience physiological changes similar to those seen in people fighting a virus, research shows. A new romance can cause women to produce a specific kind of protein typically used to combat infection – suggesting being ‘love sick’ is more than just an emotion.

Scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles, who carried out the research, suggest these changes mean love could one day be ‘measured’. The team took blood samples from 47 women over the course of a two-year period as they entered new romantic relationships. Their aim was to monitor how falling and being in love affects genes governing the immune system. Researchers found that new love activates genes to produce interferon, which is a protein usually released to combat viruses.

‘New romantic love is accompanied not only by psychological changes, but physiological changes as well,’ scientists noted in the report, published in the journal, Psychoneuroendocrinology. The report continued: ‘These findings are consistent with a selective up-regulation of innate immune responses to viral infections… and provide insight into the immuno-regulatory correlates of one of the keystone experiences in human life.’

The study set out to determine the impact romantic love has on the human genetic function. Findings suggested that it may also be possible to test to see if people really are in love and whether that emotion gradually wades over a period of time.’Some research suggests that psychological changes associated with romantic love may be attenuated as the relationship matures,’ the experts said. ‘The biological correlates of love might abate with the maturation of a longer-term, more stable mate bond.’

In those cases where the flame had started to burn out, researchers found evidence of women’s interferon levels decreasing. ‘Falling out of love was associated with a reduction in interferon-related gene expression,’ the researchers found.

Scientists are yet to examine whether the experience is the same for men.

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.