Routine Sun Exposure May Trigger An Addictive Pathway In The Brain

Routine Sun Exposure May Trigger An Addictive Pathway In The Brain

Research published in “Cell suggests that routine sun exposure may…trigger an addictive pathway in the brain, with endorphins the underlying culprit.” Investigators “exposed shaved mice to UV light for six weeks in low doses.” The researchers found that after just a week, endorphin levels in the bloodstream had risen. The mice “were then tested for common symptoms associated with opioid signaling – such as low sensitivity to touch and temperature – and the researchers found the mice had become numb to sensory input.” The investigators found that “when the mice were put on an opiate-blocking drug, to lessen the effects of the increased endorphins, the numbness was instantly reversed.” investigators “believe they may explain why some people can’t seem to kick the tanning habit despite all the public service announcements about cancer risks and premature skin aging.”

By | 2019-01-08T09:39:01+00:00 November 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments

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