Have you heard of oxytocin?
If you have, chances are that you know all about its benefits for improving our mood and emotional bonding.
Some people call it the love hormone because it plays a role in trust, female-to-male sexual interest, feelings of security, empathy, and romantic attachment.
But, did you know that it helps to boost your cognitive function too?
Our new blog posts on SelfDecode can tell you exactly how your OXTR gene affects your brain, mood, and what you can do to enhance your cognition.
You can read them here:
- Improve Cognitive Function with the Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) Gene
- Protect Yourself Against Stress and Mood Problems with the Oxytocin (OXTR) Gene
You see, evolution did not improve upon our amazing brains so that we could solve for x in a complicated algebra problem.
Our brains evolved from the “cavemen” so that we could thrive in the complex social civilizations that we were destined to build.
The evolution of society required the ability to communicate, socialize, create relationships, and make decisions based on social cues. These abilities are influenced by your levels and sensitivity to oxytocin.
Some studies on oxytocin suggest that it plays a role in synaptic plasticity, IQ, cognitive flexibility, learning, and memory as well as social cognition.
Higher oxytocin results in better response to social stress and improved social intelligence. Navigating social situations uses a lot of cognitive skills.
For example, it takes brainpower to navigate, communicate with, and lead the full-time team of 25+ employees at SelfHacked. I need to use logic, reasoning, problem-solving, and good processing speed to lead my team effectively.
My ability to do this is influenced by the number of oxytocin receptors in my brain. Depending on the variation of the OXTR gene you have, you will have more or fewer oxytocin receptors.
In this blog, you can learn the impact that certain SNPs of OXTR have on your cognitive function. Usually, SNPs don’t have a huge impact on anything directly. That’s why the SNP rs53576 is special.
This SNP can account for a difference of up to 8.5% in overall intellectual performance depending on what genotype you are !
My SNP variation results in increased cognitive function, so I don’t have to worry too much about oxytocin-related cognitive issues unless my oxytocin is low.
However, don’t worry if you carry the genotype that puts you at risk for lower cognitive function. There are lifestyle hacks outlined in the blog that you can start implementing right away to optimize your brain function!
Your OXTR gene can also influence your overall sensitivity to stress and mood.
Oxytocin helps to regulate your stress, anxiety, and ability to maintain a positive mood.
Carriers of the ‘A’ allele of the rs2254298 SNP, have a tendency to have a greater sensitivity to stress and increased risk for mood disorders.
Boosting oxytocin can be a great way to reduce stress levels even if you don’t carry the ‘A’ allele.
Fortunately, there are ways to improve the function of your OXTR gene depending on what genotype you are.
If you have uploaded your DNA file to SelfDecode, you’ll be able to access your personalized recommendations on the blog to improve your cognitive function based on your OXTR gene.
If you haven’t uploaded your DNA file to SelfDecode, you won’t be able to access your personalized recommendations, but you can still learn all about how OXTR and oxytocin affect your cognitive function and social intelligence.
For $119, you can get your DNA tested and get one year of access to SelfDecode’s DNA Wellness Reports and Personalized Genetics Blog.