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question on endorphins

Posted by J. on November 21, 2002 at 08:21:47:

What amino acids help to produce endorphins in the brain? As far as I have heard the only way to get the endorphin "high" is to exercise very hard.



Re: question on endorphins

Posted by Helping You on November 21, 2002 at 10:48:45:

In Reply to: question on endorphins posted by J. on November 21, 2002 at 08:21:47:

Exercise only allows for a brief rise in endorphins and is not a reliable way to keep your endorphins high. There are many reasons for getting into an endorphin deficit so I won't go into that, but surfice it to say, there are nutritional ways to rebuild your endorphins.

Two amino acids build endorphin levels very well. L-Phenylalanine and D-phenylalanine. The L-form is much better at it but certain people shouldn't use it. Those that have too much energy already or get very hyper or jittery. Those people should just use the D-form.

Eating more protein foods helps to build endorphin levels as well. Eggs, chicken, beef, cottage cheese. Only amino acids can reliable and evenly increase your endorphin levels.

Sugar foods, like refined carbohydrates, can cause up to a 200% increase in endorphin levels in just a few minutes. No wonder we are so addicted. However, getting enough proteins and benefical fats, and taking the amino acids I just listed, can get your endorphin levels built in a matter of days. Supplements that increase serotonin levels (such as 5-HTP and Tryptophan), also increase endorphin levels but it can take up to 2 months to get that effect

I hope that answers your questions

-HY



Re: question on endorphins

Posted by J. on November 21, 2002 at 11:24:09:

In Reply to: Re: question on endorphins posted by Helping You on November 21, 2002 at 10:48:45:

Yes, they do answer my questions. You offer a great wealth of information to this site. Thank you.

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Re: question on endorphins

Posted by Sue on November 21, 2002 at 17:31:37:

In Reply to: question on endorphins posted by J. on November 21, 2002 at 08:21:47:

You might also be interested in a book called 'The Endorphin Effect' by William Bloom. In it, he describes various mental exercises that can be done to increase your endorphin levels. Very interesting stuff.

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Re: question on endorphins (Archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 22, 2002 at 14:24:25:

In Reply to: Re: question on endorphins posted by Helping You on November 21, 2002 at 10:48:45:

Thanks, HY.

I would also recommend reading "The Second Brain" by Dr Gershon.

Namaste`

Walt

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