Endorphin deficiency

Endorphin deficiency signs/symptoms:

  • Very emotionally sensitive
  • Cry easily (e.g. from sentimental TV commercials)
  • Emotional pain really gets to you
  • Find it hard to get through losses or grieving
  • Depressed
  • Difficulty experiencing pleasure
  • Been through a lot of physical or emotional pain
  • Use alcohol, chocolate or codeine (in mersyndol) for relaxation, numbing or comfort
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Physical pain really gets to you
  • Chronic pain (e.g. back aches, headaches)
  • Overly responsible or time urgent

Endorphin levels may be low due to a combination of genetic and acquired reasons. Endorphins can be raised effectively using either nutrient based therapies or medications.

Factors which reduce endorphin levels:


The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Rebalance Your Emotional Chemistry and Rediscover Your Natural Sense of Well-Being by Julia Ross, M.A., 2002

Blake Graham, BSc (Honours), AACNEM
Clinical Nutritionist
Perth, Western Australia
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