Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Pheromones: The Real Love Potion

There have been many comics, TV shows and movies about love potions. Whether a teenage witch was buying one from the other realm or a dopey female character was buying one from a fake fortune teller, you’ve probably seen or read about love potions dozens of times.

Have you ever wondered if they are real? Have you ever thought about how you would use your very own love potion? Who you’d want to secretly slip the love potion to? These are just a few of the questions that spring to mind when we see love potions on the big screen.

What is a love potion exactly?
A love potion is, quite simply, a potion that makes someone fall in love with you. In most scenarios, the potion is used to seduce someone otherwise unattainable. In popular sitcoms, love potions allow the quiet teenage boys to nab the most popular girl in school or allow the geeky girls to date the captain of the football team.

The magic formula that makes men and women fall in love. That’s exactly how love potions are depicted in the media. Often, seemingly magical beings are the ones selling the potions. You know, fortune tellers, witches and warlocks.

Where can I find some?
Of course, love potions are not real. There is no such thing as a magic formula that makes someone fall in love with you against their will. As unfortunate as it might seem at times, falling in love is not something we can control.

That is not to say that there has been a lack of searching. People have searched far and wide for a real, authentic love potion. Many have experimented with different chemicals and ingredients in hopes of developing their very own love potion. While, for many, the search continues, a love potion simply does not exist in the way it is perceived in movies and on TV.

Has anyone come close to a love potion?
The closest discovery to date that we know of is the power of human pheromones.

Pheromones are the chemicals that exist in our sweat and other bodily fluids. These chemicals release signals to the brain that scientists believe modify the behavior of men and women. For example, pheromones are linked to the increase in sexual interest and excitement.

While they might not completely overpower the brain or lead to eternal love at first sight, they do improve your game with the opposite sex. Many pheromone users report having improved chemistry with partners and hitting it off wonderfully with new love interests.

How do pheromones work?
Let’s get the scientific explanation out of the way. Pheromones exist within human sweat glands and are secreted in our bodily fluids. These chemicals cause neurotransmitters to modify the behavior of the opposite sex. In other words, the pheromones send messages to the brains of the opposite sex. The messages read loud and clear: "We’re interested."

Aren’t they just a myth too?
Actually, studies have shown that people who produce high levels of pheromones have greater success with members of the opposite sex. Sounds great, right? What sets pheromones apart from the fictional love potion is that they are natural sexual attractants. They have a very natural, organic influence on mating habits.

Pheromones have been found to:

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