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Frequent Orgasms May Prevent Cognitive Decline, Claims Scientist

Update Date: Aug 06, 2013 04:45 PM EDT

Forget Sudoku and crossword puzzles, scientists claim that orgasms may be the best way to prevent cognitive decline.

Researchers found that orgasms boost activity throughout the whole brain whereas puzzles only activate localized regions in the brain, accoridng to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Neuroscientists Professor Barry Komisaruk, who published some of the first evidence of brain regions involved in orgasm in women, said that orgasms could even help reduce pain.

"At orgasm we see a tremendous increase in the blood flow [to the brain]. So my belief is it can't be bad. It brings all the nutrients and oxygenation to the brain," he explained, according to the Daily Mail.

"Mental exercises increase brain activity but only in relatively localized regions. Orgasm activates the whole," added Komisaruk, who has been studying female arousal for more than three decades.

Komisaruk began his experiments on rats, but later moved on to women in the 1980s.  However, he stresses that there is still so much to learn about female orgasms.

"We know virtually nothing about pleasure," he said. "It's important to understand how the brain produces it. What parts of the brain produce such intense pleasure, and can we use that in some way? What would that do to depression or anxiety or addiction or pain?"

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