(noun) an amine that occurs naturally as a neurotransmitter in the brain, has properties similar to those of amphetamine, is an antidepressant, found in chocolate. Formula: C8H11N

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Phenylethylamine*, also known as 2-phenylethylamine or phenethylamine, is a substance best known for its natural occurrence in the nervous system of humans and other mammals, where it is believed to act as a neurotransmitter or neuromodulator. It has stimulant effects and is important to the neurochemistry of infatuation and romantic love. It is a trace amine and a natural monoamine alkaloid. In the human brain, it causes the release of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine. There are also large numbers of derivatives of phenylethylamine, many of which are used medically or recreationally.

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Phenylethylamine** is most prominent for the role it plays during feelings of infatuation, limerence, or romantic love, when it stimulates the release of greater amounts of dopamine and norepinephrine. Dopamine is strongly tied to sexual drive, feelings of pleasure, and the brain’s reward system. Norepinephrine causes heightened attention and increased heart rate and is closely tied to the fight-or-flight response. Together, these neurochemicals result in many of the feelings associated with romantic love, including sexual desire, giddiness or euphoria, and nervousness.

Until next time, I’m on a chocolate diet. I’m absolutely sure we are going to meet again. Word!

*source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-phenylethylamine.htm#slideshow

**source : http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-phenylethylamine.htm#slideshow