How is cortisol good for you?

When cortisol is secreted, it creates the following:

  1. A breakdown of muscle protein, leading to the release of amino acids (which are the "building blocks" of protein) into the bloodstream.
  2. These amino acids are then used by the liver to synthesize glucose for energy, in a process called gluconeogenesis.
  3. This process raises the blood sugar level so the brain will have more glucose for energy.
  4. At the same time, the other tissues of the body decrease their use of glucose as fuel.
  5. Cortisol also leads to the release of so-called fatty acids, an energy source from fat cells, for use by the muscles.
  6. Taken together, these energy-directing processes prepare the individual to deal with stresses and ensure that the brain receives adequate energy sources.


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