Washington: People who consume tofu and other plant-based food might enjoy a better sex life than those who eat meat, a new study has claimed. The study found that certain plant products can influence hormone levels and heighten sexual activity, Discovery News reported. The research is the first to observe the connection between plant-based estrogenic compounds, or phytoestrogens, and behavior in wild primates. In this case, it was a group of red colobus monkeys in Uganda.As primates, we humans would likely experience similar effects from the compounds. “It’s one of the first studies done in a natural setting providing evidence that plant chemicals can directly affect a wild primate’s physiology and behavior by acting on the endocrine system,” study lead author Michael Wasserman said. He conducted the research as a graduate student at UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. “By altering hormone levels and social behaviors important to reproduction and health, plants may have played a large role in the evolution of primate -- including human -- biology in ways that have been underappreciated,” he added.
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