Origin of endorphin
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How to use endorphin in a sentence
Exercise releases endorphins, which can create brain activity that keeps some awake.
Showing kindness to others is also an easy way to release healthy endorphins.
So, when endorphins are circulating, they are essentially natural opioids.
There are various theories for why this happens, including the release of pain-blocking brain chemicals such as endorphins.
It was almost like these betting machines or these games online that give you a little endorphin hit each time.A Number Theorist Who Solves the Hardest Easy Problems|Erica Klarreich|July 1, 2020|Quanta Magazine
I woke disoriented and crabby, without my customary morning jolt of endorphin.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
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A Closer Look
Endorphins are long chains of amino acids, or polypeptides, that are able to bind to the neuroreceptors in the brain and are capable of relieving pain in a manner similar to that of morphine. There are three major types of endorphins: beta-endorphins are found almost entirely in the pituitary gland, while enkephalins and dynorphins are both distributed throughout the nervous system. Scientists had suspected that analgesic opiates, such as morphine and heroin, worked effectively against pain because the body had receptors that were activated by such drugs. They reasoned that these receptors probably existed because the body itself had natural painkilling compounds that also bonded to those receptors. When scientists in the 1970s isolated a biochemical from a pituitary gland hormone that showed analgesic properties, Choh Li, a chemist from Berkeley, California, named it endorphin, meaning the morphine within. Besides behaving as a pain reducer, endorphins are also thought to be connected to euphoric feelings, appetite modulation, and the release of sex hormones. Prolonged, continuous exercise contributes to an increased production of endorphins and, in some people, the subsequent runner's high.