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What do endorphins do?

Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
The human body produces at least 20 different endorphins. Endorphins are produced by the body and can create a natural high. Endorphins affect the body and the mind in several ways: they relieve pain, they reduce stress, they enhance the immune system, they activate natural killer cells that boost the immune system against cancer cells and other diseases, and they delay the aging process.
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Endorphins perform several functions, but their best-known one is acting as a painkiller and a reward, causing a feeling of euphoria. Endorphins lock onto cells called opioid receptors, blocking the transmission of pain signals. Everyone has different triggers for endorphins, but common stimuli are pain, food and sex.

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