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Does falling in love really cause chemical changes in the brain?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It's not just butterflies in your stomach or tingling in your private parts that you're feeling; when you're in love, you actually experience major chemical changes in your brain as well.

Research shows that serotonin-a feel-good chemical-in love-struck subjects were just as low as the serotonin levels in people with OCD. So if you're madly in love or a little insane in the membrane, there's a solid scientific basis for losing your heart and your marbles! By the way, hugging increases release of oxytocin (another feel-good chemical) throughout your body.
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