What you need to know about oxytocin

Oxytocin is a peptide hormone and neuro peptide produced by the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland.

It plays a role in social bonding and sexual reproduction in both sexes and during and after childbirth.

Oxytocin has hormonal actions as well as important actions in the brain. It is also known as the love hormone.


It is needed for:

  • triggering uterine contraction
  • social bonding
  • stress management
  • the release of serotonin and dopamine
  • reducing cravings
  • breastfeeding
  • it’s calming effect
  • counteracting the effects of cortisol
  • stimulating growth hormone which helps with cell repair and growth
  • building trust and feeling affection and love

Ways to increase oxytocin

Magnesium and Vitamin C can increase oxytocin.

Being more affectionate helps your body create more oxytocin. There are tiny pressure receptors located throughout the body that help with this.


The oxytocin receptor OXTR is central in inhibiting the brains primary fear and stress center-the amygdala, and promotes courage, calmness, empathy, optimism, trust, self belief and self esteem. Certain genetic variables in the oxytocin receptor gene have been implicated in anxiety and depression. There may be more difficulty in overcoming historic life trauma, and there is a higher risk of developing stress-related health issues. Getting your genetic test can help show you how to increase your oxytocin levels in you have a down regulation in your gene.

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