Q: Are there any health benefits to love and sex?
A: Greeting card companies and tattoo artists aren’t the only ones capitalizing on love. You can, too: Strong intimate relationships can benefit your health as well as any drug. Let us, as the sonnet says, count the ways:
[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””] [step-item number=”1. ” image_url=”” title=”At a romantic dinner” ]Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that increases HDL cholesterol, and flavonoids that reduce damage to arteries. Real cocoa-based chocolate also contains healthy flavonoids.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”2. ” image_url=”” title=”Every day” ]Studies suggest married men are less likely to have heart disease than single men; happily married women are less likely to develop heart disease than their unhappily wed peers.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”3. ” image_url=”” title=”In bed” ]A study found that men who had sex at least twice a week were half as likely to die over a ten-year period as men who had sex less than once a month. For women, better — not more — sex is the key. Though it’s unclear how sex might improve health, it’s likely the therapeutic value: Quality sex decreases stress, promotes companionship and increases emotional satisfaction. [/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]