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What is the difference between Neurotransmitter and Endorphin?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Jan 06, 2020

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H. Martin

H. Martin, Content Writer, Charlotte

Answered Sep 10, 2019

Neurotransmitters are designated as the body's biological messengers. They are the molecules utilized by the nervous system to communicate messages between neurons, or from neurons to muscles. A neurotransmitter impacts a neuron in one of three ways, including excitatory, inhibitory, or modulatory. It transports, enhances, and balances signals between neurons, nerve, and other cells in the body.

These chemical messengers can affect a wide variety of both physical and phycological functions, including heart rate, sleep, appetite, mood, and fear. Endorphins are neuropeptides that are imperative to the body. One of their primary functions is to help the body handle pain. They are substances formed in the brain and the pituitary gland, which reduce painful sensations by binding to receptors in the nervous system.

 

H. Martin

H. Martin, Content Writer, Charlotte

Answered Sep 10, 2019

There are some chemicals that are present in the body that will make sure that the body will be able to function normally. The chemicals that are responsible for allowing impulses to pass through are called neurotransmitters. Endorphin is considered to be a neurochemical. This can provide a substance that is somewhat similar to morphine but will still be in safe levels throughout the body.

This is released by the body in order to prevent the person from experiencing further pain. There are some reasons why people may feel pain but the most common is due to stress. Endorphins can help people feel more relaxed so that they can get through the situations that they are in.

 

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C. Wasek, Philanthropist, Post Graduate, Corpus Christi

Answered Aug 22, 2019

If you have ever accidentally touched a hot stove with your bare hand, your brain reacts to that. Neurotransmitters send an impulse and these impulses of the pain being felt by your hand pass through a nerve cell. They continue to move from nerve cell to nerve cell. This is known as neurotransmitters. There are chemicals in the brain that allow things like this to happen.

When this happens, endorphins are released. One major difference and similarity between the neurotransmitters and endorphins produced in your body is how and where they are made. Neurotransmitters are made from the pituitary glands as well as endorphins. However, the adrenal glands also make neurotransmitters and the hypothalamus makes endorphins. Endorphins are known to make people happy.

 

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