Health is a huge topic these days, and there are so many ways to address it. An abundance of exercise DVDs, equipment and trainings are at your disposal. There are countless dietary lifestyles you can adapt to in order to feed your body with the right nutrition.
While we’re all trying to do the right things for our body, what about our brain? After recent years of countless studies, we can no longer deny that we’ve got to exercise and feed our brains as well.
Some of the benefits of a healthy brain are efficiently coping with stress, having a sharp memory, and overall peace of mind. It is increasingly obvious that what we ingest directly affects our brain’s performance. Hemp oil products are actually one way of positively affecting not only the body but especially the brain.
Cannabinoids Aren’t as Alien as We Might Think
Did you know that the brain produces its own cannabinoids? After many decades of researching the health benefits of cannabis, science has not only made some important discoveries about this breed of plant but also uncovered a unique communication system in the brain called the endocannabinoid (EC) system. This system carries the hefty responsibility of taking care of some of our major bodily functions like how we feel, move and react (1).
The body generates cannabinoids to interact within the EC system so that they can work to regulate those major functions. However, the amount of cannabinoids that the brain produces on its own is so small that it is recommended to supplement. Supplements include products like hemp oil or cannabidiol (i.e., CBD). The benefits of hemp oil are particularly astounding: it may provide sleep support and improve appetite, aid stress and mood, and even provide joint support. Quite frankly, hemp was made for our brains!
When people think of hemp, sometimes the knee-jerk reaction is to think of medicinal marijuana. While there are many beneficial functions of both of these natural ingredients, they are only cousins in the cannabis family and are not inherently similar.
Dr. Oz explains, in one of his shows, the important differences and why hemp is actually a great resource for brain nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids. While you can get these fatty acids from any number of foods, hemp is uniquely designed by nature to work with our brains (2).
The Major Benefits of Hemp Oil
The major functions in your brain depend on sufficient cannabinoid production. Fatty acids omega-3 and -6 as well as linoleic acid are all responsible for producing cannabinoids. Omega-3 is especially important because of its function in repairing damaged brain cells. Those cells can be damaged because of stress and our not-so-awesome food choices like processed foods and those high in sugar, salt and bad fat.
To keep our brains active and our memories sharpened, our brain cells need to be “fluid and flexible,” as Dr. Oz puts it. Funnily enough, hemp oil has the unique content of fatty acids and the perfect ratio of linoleic acid to alpha linoleic acid that help the brain function at its optimal level. Hemp is one of the very few ingredients found in nature that have the uncannily perfect balance of nutrition that completely coincides with the brain’s need for cannabinoids (3).
More Great Things About Hemp Oil
Hemp oil benefits don’t stop at your brain! Your skin and hair take advantage of hemp’s nutrients, making it a great addition to your beauty products and routine. Fatty acids produce not only brain cells but also skin cells. In the same way, omega-3 fatty acids replenish moisture and the natural oils of your hair, giving it strength and shine. Hemp oil also contains enough omega-3 to help support the development of the microorganisms that live in our intestines. With their development and fortitude, your body can fight the flu and common cold more easily.
Did you know there’s also CBD for pets? Hemp oil is known to help in mood and aggression disorders. Magnesium, being the “relaxation mineral” of the body, is directly affected by hemp, calming the body. Hemp oil also helps with metabolism and with delivering antioxidants to almost any mammal. The prolonged life of your pet, another one of the many benefits of hemp oil, can probably be attributed to that fact.
Apart from ridding our bodies of toxins, our kidneys are also responsible for maintaining salt, sodium and other minerals in our bodies. They also produce the hormones that stimulate our red blood cell production and the enzymes that regulate our blood pressure. Hemp oil can replenish our kidneys with fatty acids, taking care of those hormones and enzymes so that they can take care of us.
The benefits of hemp oil are innumerable and powerful, not just for your brain but also for many other parts of your body, both inside and out. While all these attributes may seem extraordinary, hemp oil is a simple enough ingredient to add to your diet.
A recipe perfected by nature itself, hemp is, quite frankly, one of the greatest components for our health. The things this single ingredient can do, fortunately for us, are quite impressive.
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