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Ocytoxin is a fascinating hormone. Known as the bonding hormone, women produce it during the first trimester of pregnancy as well as during childbirth and breastfeeding. We produce oxytocin when we fall in love and in more so when we settle into a relationship after 18 months or so.

Studies have shown that autistic children have less than normal amounts of the hormone, while children with William’s syndrome produce higher than normal levels.

Babies’ oxytocin levels are raised when in contact with their mothers while adoptive babies level stay the same.

The bonding hormone and its effects with supplementation is currently being explored. Initial finings show that instead of helping people feel calmer in awkward social settings, the chemical equivalent makes people overly sensitive to their surroundings.

Would our world be better served with a bonding hormone or supplement or should we just leave mother nature alone?

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