Exactly what are hormones and how do they work?
They are chemical materials produced in the body which carry out important functions.
Different parts of the body make hormones
They could be from special organs called glands or other organs that have additional jobs to do in the body.
Examples of glands are:
- Thyroid gland - Thyroxine
- Adrenal gland - Sex Hormones and Cortisol
However, the usual centre directing the activity of a hormone is located in the brain.
In this video, we talk about how hormones engage with and act on specific organs.
Using the example of Oxytocin, we describe how it affects different organs.
Watch to the end so you find out why it is called the 'Cuddle Chemical'!
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