While our diets should always consist of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to help reduce inflammation and cellular damage, science continues to prove CBD to have antioxidant and neuroprotective properties.
It's About to Get Biological...
In order to survive, humans need to covert food into energy. When our metabolic processes create energy, they also create waste products. Some of them are molecules of a biochemical compound containing an unpaired electron, namely, free radicals. Free radicals are also formed from external factors such as stress and toxins absorbed by our skin, breathed through our air, and ingested through the food we eat.
What's the Big Deal About Free Radicals?
An abundance of free radicals in the body may trigger anything from minor to severe diseases and conditions. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease and stroke—these are all possibilities when it comes to an invasion of free radicals. The energy used by brain cells can increase oxidation (the chemical reaction that produces free radicals, causing damage at a neuronal level, leading to age-related decline). A healthy and balanced diet, a life of reduced stress levels, and regular exercise can help limit the oxidation associated with neurodegeneration.
What Else Can Help?
An antioxidant is a natural substance that inhibits oxidation. They give out electrons to lonely electrons in free radicals, creating stabilized molecules and preventing a domino effect of cellular impairment. Your customers can absolutely nourish themselves with free radical-fighting antioxidants by eating foods rich in vitamins C and E, glutathione and CoQ10, but not nearly enough on their own to completely combat the harmful effects of external factors mentioned above. Think of all the smoke, junk food and pollution we are inundated with on the daily…
Lab studies promote CBD as both an antioxidant and neuroprotective chemical. Dating back to 1998, the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, USA collaboratively showed CBD’s power to protect. Their observations concluded that cannabidiol can prevent hydroperoxide-induced oxidative damage just as well, and possibly better than, other antioxidants.
In 2000, the National Institute of Mental Health conducted a follow-up study which presented CBD and other cannabinoids as antioxidants in neuronal cultures by reducing hydroperoxide toxicity in neurons. CBD was more effective than both ascorbate and alpha-tocopherol in protective capacity. Science sure speaks!
Research points to CBD as a potential powerhouse for oxidative neurological disorders… we are witnessing progress in play. More research will provide hope, perhaps a pivot in perspective on modern day medicine. In the meantime, your business can thrive by offering customers high quality hemp-derived CBD products they can trust.
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