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Re: What are Endorphins?? NikkiT2

Posted by Larry Hoover on October 20, 2003, at 19:12:28

In reply to What are Endorphins??, posted by NikkiT2 on October 20, 2003, at 19:01:48

> A bed time chat between me and my husband.. he told me to do more excercise to release endorphins.. but neither of us know what an endorphin is!! *l*
> Thanks
> Nikki x

Here's a medical dictionary definition:

<protein> Any of several morphine-like peptides naturally produced in the brain which bind to certain neuron receptors and have the effect of diminishing pain.

Released in response to neurotransmitters and rapidly inactived by peptidases. Physiological responses to endorphins include analgesia and sedation.

Endorphins are the natural chemicals which bind to what we call opioid receptors. Obviously, Mother Nature designed them as endorphin receptors, but they were "discovered" by means of studies into the effects of the opium poppy.





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