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  • n. Plural form of enkephalin.


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  • Scientists eventually discovered that people make their own opioids, called enkephalins and endorphins.

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  • And researchers have shown that this triggers the release of pain-relieving and mood-boosting brain chemicals called enkephalins and beta-endorphins. Top Stories

  • Also, exercise leads to the release of endorphins and possibly enkephalins that are partly responsible for the "high" that one may experience with exercise.

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  • The stimulation of these endigs has an influence on the nervous system in order to release some natural painkilling chemicals such as endorphins, enkephalins and neural hormones as: serotonin, endorphins, catecholamines, cortisol, and adrenaline.

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  • But at the same time, it opens the dam on endogenous opioids such as endorphins and enkephalins to keep us calm and numb our pain.

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  • The existence of the receptor suggested that the brain produced its own endogenous opiate, and sure enough within a few years scientists had discovered two of them: the enkephalins and the endorphins—meaning “in the head” and “morphine within,” respectively.

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  • From all this, it is tempting to hypothesize that one reason certain people become addicted to external opiates i.e., alkaloids, such as morphine and heroin, that can bind to opiate receptors is because they are able to artificially induce feelings of gratification similar to that normally achieved by the socially induced release of endogenous opioids such as endorphins and enkephalins.

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  • The brain receives a message from the needles telling it to release endogenous opiates and enkephalins, which are painkilling chemicals within each of us.

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  • I theorized at the time that the cause of this depletion of enkephalins was, perhaps, the action of alcohol or its metabolite TIQ on the opiate receptor sites.

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  • The molecular structure and hydrogen bonding of enkephalins are altered.

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