It's all about looks!  Blood tests show attractive people have better immune systems

It’s all about looks! Blood tests show attractive people have better immune systems

It’s all about looks! Blood tests show attractive people have better immune systems

  • Traits associated with attractiveness may be a sign that the body is better at fighting infection
  • Researchers believe that we may be attracted to this appearance because our brain is looking for healthy partners.
  • Scientists photographed 152 young people without makeup and with a neutral expression.
  • Then 492 people in an online survey were asked to rate their attractiveness.
  • Men considered more attractive by women had more efficient natural killer cells that can destroy virus-infected cells in the body.

Beauty can be more than just superficial, as beautiful people seem to have better immune systems.

Traits traditionally associated with attractiveness, such as a symmetrical face and bright eyes, may be signs that the body is better at fighting off infection, a study of blood tests has shown.

Researchers believe that we may be attracted to this appearance because our brains are programmed to look for healthy partners.

Traits traditionally associated with attractiveness, such as a symmetrical face and bright eyes, may be signs that the body is better at fighting infection, blood tests show (stock image)

Traits traditionally associated with attractiveness, such as a symmetrical face and bright eyes, may be signs that the body is better at fighting infection, blood tests show (stock image)

Summer Mengelkoh, who led the research at Texas Christian University, said: “People who go to a bar to talk to someone attractive are often dismissed as superficial and say, ‘It’s not just about looks.’

But really, they just follow their instincts to find a high quality mate.”

A study of 152 men and women was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Scientists photographed 152 young people without makeup and with a neutral expression. Then 492 people in an online survey were asked to rate their attractiveness.

The most beautiful men and most beautiful women – according to members of the opposite sex who rated 25 photographs for the survey – were found to have higher rates of phagocytosis.

Scientists photographed 152 young people without makeup and with a neutral expression.  Then 492 people in an online survey were asked to rate their attractiveness (image).

Scientists photographed 152 young people without makeup and with a neutral expression. Then 492 people in an online survey were asked to rate their attractiveness (image).

This is the process by which white blood cells “eat” and destroy bacteria before they can make someone sick.

Men, who women find more attractive, have more efficient “natural killer” cells that can destroy virus-infected cells in the body, which could help fight the coronavirus.

It has long been believed that beautiful people are healthier. Those with symmetrical faces were unlikely to have developmental problems in the womb or during childhood.

Clear skin and bright, wide eyes indicate good health, as some experts say the eyes of sick people become narrower and darker. And the importance of red lips and rosy cheeks may explain why women wear makeup.

Ms Mengelkoh said: “With modern medicine, infections are not as deadly as they used to be, so maybe it’s okay if people lower their standards and start vaccinating less attractive people.”

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