endorphin

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endorphin

any of a class of polypeptides, including enkephalin, occurring naturally in the brain, that bind to pain receptors and so block pain sensation
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Changes in serum leptin and beta endorphin levels with weight loss by electroacupuncture and diet restriction in obesity treatment.
Kathleen DesMaisons, author of Potatoes Not Prozac, says that as our brain gets used to beta endorphins it opens more receptors for them.
Stanley Tan, also of Loma Linda, have shown that laughing lowers blood pressure, increases muscle flexion and triggers a flood of beta endorphins, the brain's natural morphinelike compounds that can induce a sense of euphoria.