by VR Sreeraman on  April 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM Research News
 April Fool Day's Laughs Help Improve Your Health
A new study has suggested that April Fools' tricks like sitting on a whoopie cushion or hot sauce in your food, are an opportunity to improve your health.

It has shown that laughter can be very beneficial for your vascular health, reports Fox News.

"Laughter increases blood flow and improves the function of blood vessels," said Vivienne Halpern, from the Society for Vascular Surgery.

"Reducing stress is especially beneficial for persons who have hypertension (high blood pressure)," she said.

Stress and high blood pressure can have detrimental effects on the body. The combination of pressure at work, financial issues, and personal or relationship problems can all raise blood pressure and cause hypertension, and even cardiovascular disease.

Studies have shown that a good laugh on a regular basis can even help prevent you from getting sick.

"Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones (cortisol, epinephrine, dopamine, and growth hormone) and increases the level of health-enhancing hormones (endorphins and neurotransmitters)," said Halpern.

"This can result in a stronger immune system and fewer physical effects of stress," she added.

Source: ANI

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