Monday, December 12, 2005

The Love Molecule

Your pulse beats faster, there are butterflies in your stomach, euphoria - you're in love!

What is love?

A scientist will tell you that it's simply a series of chemical reactions. Many chemicals/substances in our body have been associated with the feeling of love. Researchers in Pavia University have pin pointed a certain molecule - nerve growth factor (NGF) - as the cause of the emotions that overwhelm new lovers. But there's a catch - it only lasts 1 year.

The Italian scientists found far higher levels of NGF in the blood of 58 people who had recently fallen madly in love than in that of a group of singles and people in long-term relationships.

But after a year with the same lover, the quantity of the 'love molecule' in their blood had fallen to the same level as that of the other groups.
[Yahoo News November 30, 2005]

If you think about it, that's approximately the time you stop being 'blindly' in love and start seeing the 'real' person. That's the time you start noticing the little things about him/her that bother you.

If love is triggered by certain substances, it certainly takes more than just a chemical to make it last.
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