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The Essential Role Omega-3s Play in Processing Cannabinoids

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The reasons for getting enough Omega-3s are endless.  Besides protecting your heart, improving your brain power and boosting your immune system, these beneficial fatty acids also help your body produce and process cannabinoids.  Meaning the power of CBD just got a whole lot better (who knew this was even possible).  

What Cannabinoids do for Your Health

Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an essential and complex system within the body that is essential for your health and well-being.  It keeps you in balance and regulates hunger, mood, pain, sleep, appetite, memory and fertility.  Your ECS runs off of cannabinoids which your body will naturally produce (called endocannabinoids) or they can be sourced additionally from CBD products.  Both types of cannabinoids attach to the same CB1 and CB2 receptors so intaking additional CBD gives your ECS a major helping hand and boosts the functions and processes of your body.  Think of cannabinoids like super vitamins.       

The Omega-3-Cannabinoid Connections 

How does your body make its own cannabinoids and process additional cannabinoids? From Omega-3 fatty acids!  Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, meaning they can not be properly broken down unless they are in the presence of fats, such as Omega-3s.  Without them, essential cannabinoids cannot be metabolized and the functions of your body would halt in their tracks (yikes!).  In studies conducted to determine the importance of Omega-3s in relation to the ECS, scientists found that mice given an Omega-3 deficient diet demonstrated anxious and agitated behaviour and their CB1 receptors stopped working all together.  

Are You Getting Enough?

Most people don’t get enough Omega-3 fatty acids in their diets.  A lack of these essential fats could lead to heightened depression and anxiety, risk of heart disease, cancer and a whole slew of undesirable ailments.  Without a doubt, the best food source is fatty fish like salmon, cod and tuna.  You should aim to eat these about twice a week to maintain appropriate levels of your O-3s. For the vegetarians out there, fill up on walnuts, avocados, brussel sprouts, seaweed, flax seeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds. When eating flax seeds, be sure to soak them for at least 10 minutes or consume in a powder form so your body is able to digest the seeds.  

We understand it's tough to tick every nutrient and vitamin box within your diet consistently so taking an omega-3 supplement is highly recommended.  A fish oil supplement is tasteless in a smoothie and vegetarian capsules are also widely available.  Remember that supplements are simply an insurance policy for when your diet is a little lackluster and not a replacement for food sourced nutrients.

   To have your ECS system, and therefore your whole body overflowing with vitality, compliment your omega-3s with a solid CBD product.  We have the best online CBD shop in the UK, every product has been handpicked and is certified highest quality.  Your body's without a doubt the most invaluable possession you have, so let us help you treat it that way.  

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