Chapter 30. Adrenaline


Anna Wolan, Dorota Bartusik-Aebisher and David Aebisher
Medical College of The University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland

Part of the book: The Biochemical Guide to Hormones


Adrenaline is essential for the proper functioning of the body. Thanks for action, the human body quickly evokes the necessary reactions, such as an increase in blood pressure or bronchial vacuum. In the first moments, in the situation of increased exploration of stress factors, adrenaline is released, followed by cortisol, which enhances the effect of adrenaline, thanks to which the body can cope with the stressor better and faster. Epinephrine increases the body’s need for oxygen, increases body temperature and, together with cortisol, increases blood glucose levels to provide the body with the energy it needs. Adrenaline is called the fighting hormone for a reason, its action is quick and short-lived. Nowadays, where everyone is surrounded by many stressful and carcinogenic factors, epinephrine accompanies and mobilizes us every day, and each of us unconsciously feels many of its effects.

Keywords: adrenaline, catecholamines, N-methyltransferase, Parkinson’s disease, epinephrine


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