Endorphins are endogenous opioid neuropeptides produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. They are most commonly associated with reduced pain and increased feelings of pleasure and euphoria, but they also exert control on the immune system, such as boosting the activity of natural killer cells.
Low dose naltrexone has been shown to increase the secretion of beta-endorphin.
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
- 2016, Peripheral blood mononuclear cell beta-endorphin concentration is decreased in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia but not in depression: preliminary report
References[edit | edit source]
endogenous - Growing or originating from within an organism.
central nervous system (CNS) - One of the two parts of the human nervous system, the other part being the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system consists of nerves that travel from the central nervous system into the various organs and tissues of the body.