Benefits of CBD Oil

Article courtesy of http://www.elixinol.com

By Andreea Macoveiciuc April 17, 2016

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One of more than 80 active cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant, CBD does not produce euphoria or intoxication, and has a very low affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors when compared to THC (100 times less than tetrahydrocannabinol).  Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that interacts mildly with the endocannabinoid system, and acts as an antagonist for substances that do bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, activating them and causing biological responses. The term “antagonist” refers to a compound that inhibits or dampens the functions of a receptor, while agonists are chemicals that bind to receptors and active them. Being an antagonist, CBD doesn’t activate the receptors directly, but it helps other cannabinoids to be better absorbed and keeps the receptors working effectively.

CBD increases the density of CB1 receptors, amplifying the effects of cannabinoids that bind to those receptors, and reduces the effects of substances that make CB2 receptors less responsive. Through its interactions with the endocannabinoid system, CBD contributes to the transmission of certain signals within our bodies, and most of the existing studies suggest that this compound causes only clinically desirable effects, or no effects at all. So in today’s article we’ll take a closer look at some studies that investigate the interactions between CBD and the brain’s signaling system in order to identify the proven and potential health benefits of cannabidiol and CBD-rich products.

Health benefits of CBD, as supported by research

Cannabidiol may be effective as a natural solution for pain relief, research suggests. A review article conducted by US scientists from GW Pharmaceuticals has shown that cannabinoid analgesics have been well tolerated in clinical trials, and might be a useful addition to pharmacological treatments of pain. Although the pain-relief mechanisms of CBD aren’t fully understood, this cannabinoid is regarded by many health professionals as an effective solution for treating central neuropathic pain in patients with multiple scelrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and even some types of cancer.

A potential alternative to strong analgetics for patients suffering from chronic pain,  CBD has less potent analgesic properties when compared to most opioid painkillers, but exerts natural anti-inflammatory effects, and this may enhance its effectiveness against acute and chronic pain. Also, it has fewer side effects than strong painkillers, and may help in easing pain from chemotherapy drugs.

The anti-inflammatory effect of cannabidiol recommends this compound as a natural solution for relieving arthritis pain, the use of this cannabinoid in the early stages of the disease showing promise for slowing down or even reversing the symptoms. In lab studies, CBD has been found to reduce acute inflammatory pain and it seems that the compound is effective against several types of joint diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.

CBD may also be effective in treating mood disorders, anxiety and depression, as it possesses anxiolytic properties and inhibits stress and anxiety without causing psychoactive effects. Some studies suggest that the compound may be a viable treatment for patients with generalized anxiety disorder thanks to its action on the limbic and paralimbic brain areas. Brazilian researchers have found a rapid onset of therapeutic effects in SAD patients treated with a single dose of CBD, the compound exerting no psychoactive action and being well tolerated.

The list of positive health effects of cannabidiol doesn’t end here. The compound seems to help protect the brain and may be a suitable solution for treating neurodegenerative disorders, studies suggest. In patients with neurodegenerative disorders, the loss of nerve cells leads to a decline in cognitive and motor functions, and it is believed that inflammation plays a role in the progressive nature of neurodegeneration. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and the lack of psychotropic effects may recommend this substance as a promising agent for a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases.

According to researchers from the University of California – Irvine, CBD seems to help in treating certain psychotic symptomsand may be a potential solution for patients affected by schizophrenia. The compound has been found to be superior to conventional antipsychotic medications, has fewer side effects and is more cost-effective than most of the available medications, scientists say. German researchers found that cannabidiol seems to work better than medications onschizophrenia’s “negative symptoms”, which are difficult to treat, and doesn’t cause weight or movement problems, as often happens with other drugs.

A controlled animal study conducted by Italian researchers showed that topical application of cannabinoid-rich creams may help in reducing the brain damage caused by autoimmune encephalomyelitis. The mechanisms that cause this disease are similar to those that lead to multiple sclerosis in humans (damage to the myelin in the central nervous system), so scientists concluded that CBD could be used in the clinical management of multiple sclerosis and its associated symptoms, in association with current conventional therapy.

Another animal study found that the administration of cannabidiol may be useful in reducing the damage caused by intervertebral disc degeneration. At the same time, research suggests that CBD may be the first non-toxic exogenous agent effective in killing breast cancer cells. Cannabidiol may be a viable addition to epilepsy treatments, and may block the formation of plaques in the brain that favor the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’re curious to do a little research on your own, you’ll see that there are lots of articles and studies talking about the beneficial effects of cannabidiol in patients with epilepsy, the available data suggesting that CBD is able not only to significantly alleviate the symptoms of this condition and decrease the intensity of seizures, but also to reduce their frequency. Although there’s still no official recommendation for adding CBD to epilepsy treatment plans or for replacing the established anti-epileptic medications with this natural compound, results from clinical trials are promising and encouraging.

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Superfood Spotlight: Flax Seeds

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Flax seeds have been cultivated for consumption for close to 6000 years. There are so many health benefits of these tiny seeds – they should be a pantry staple. The good news, they’re not expensive, and they are readily available in most grocery stores.

Here are my top 3 reasons that I recommend all of my clients consume 1 TBSP of ground flax seed every day:

  1. Flax seeds are high in Omega 3’s, specifically ALA, which is essential for health maintenance and disease prevention The ALA in flaxseed has found to be stable for at least 3 hours of cooking at oven temperatures (approximately 300F), which makes it available after ground flaxseeds have been added to baked goods.
  1. Flax seeds are high in soluble fiber. The soluble fiber traps fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it unable to be absorbed. Also, flax is extremely high in both insoluble fiber which can support colon detoxification, fat loss and reduce sugar cravings.
  2. Flax seeds are high in lingans. Flaxseeds are the richest source of plant lignans, having about 8 times the lignan content of sesame seeds [note that flaxseed oil does not contain lignans – they bind to the fiber]. The other plant foods on the list have about one-tenth or less the amount of lignans as sesame seeds per serving.

The three lignans found in flaxseeds can be converted by intestinal bacteria into enterolactone  and enterodiol which            naturally balance hormones which may be the reason flax seeds reduce the risk of breast cancer.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the lignans in flaxseeds may also reduce the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.

**In addition, flaxseed is a good source of iron, zinc, calcium, protein, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and folate.

Ground flaxseed provides more nutritional benefits than does whole flaxseed. That’s because the seeds are very hard, making them difficult to crack, even with careful chewing. Grinding breaks the seeds up, making them easier to digest when eaten. If whole flax seeds remain unbroken, they may pass undigested through the body.

You can add the ground flaxseed to your morning oatmeal or other cereal. I blend 1 TBSP of ground flaxseed into a green smoothie each morning. You can also add them to muffins, bread and cookie recipes

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Add More Greens to Your Diet!

Did you know that less than 7% of Americans are eating their recommended daily servings of vegetables?

That number is staggering to me.

As a Nutritionist, I recommend a high intake of fresh vegetables – both cooked and raw. With today’s busy schedules, work travel, finicky eaters, etc – reaching and optimal amount can be a challenge.

While there is no substitute for eating your vegetables, you can give your diet a boost by using a powdered greens product.
My personal favorite is PHresh Greens.

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Just 1tsp of Phresh Greens provides 3-4 servings of vegetables. Think about all of those added nutrients.

Just add it to water, juice or your favorite smoothie! pHresh Products™ pHresh greens® Raw Alkalizing Superfood is made with 16 raw ingredients that were carefully selected for their highly alkalizing properties. It is a full spectrum alkalizing superfood blend of energy rich vegetables, cereal grasses and sea algaes. pHresh greens® is highly bio-available and provides your body with a rich natural source of vitamins, trace minerals, chlorophyll and other phytonutrients beneficial to health. It is also made with True Intention ensuring that you will get all the ingredients’ nutritional benefits without any harmful chemicals, additives, preservatives or fillers. Its all natural organic ingredients have been carefully slow dried to help retain its life energy. pHresh greens® is made from the natural produce itself, thus ensuring you are getting the vital nutrients of the ingredients from a natural state, it’s just like harvesting produce from your own organic vegetable garden!*

  • Non-GMO and Non-Irradiated.*
  • No Yeast, Nuts, Soy, or Animal Products.*
  • No Herbicides, Pesticides or Synthetic Chemicals.*
  • No Preservatives, Artificial Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners or Sugars.*
  • Gluten Free*
  • Contains no Egg, Wheat, Dairy or Caffeine*
  • BPA Free*

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Why Raw Green Superfood?

Super foods by definition are foods that are nutritionally dense, high in fiber and are believed to help fight disease and increase longevity. Green superfoods are foods with outstanding qualities that are high in chlorophyll content. Most green superfoods are the ones you’ll find in nature that don’t require any kind of processing or refining there by keeping them in a raw green superfood state. You’ve probably heard of superfoods, but may not know what makes them so “super”. Loaded with essential nutrients that enhance energy, fight disease and help detoxify. Green superfoods is a term usually used to describe young cereal grasses such as wheat grass, barley grass, oat grass, as well as spirulina, chlorella, collards, broccoli, kale and other leafy vegetables. A diet comprised of green superfoods enables grass-eating animals to continually maintain their weight, strength, and vibrant health. Raw green superfoods are among the world’s most nutrient-rich, dense and beneficial foods on Earth. A quality green supplement is a concentrated power source of important phyto-nutrients (live sun energy) and the minerals, vitamins, fiber, enzymes, carotenoids, and antioxidants which have been stripped from most modern foods of today. Raw green superfoods are rich in chlorophyll, often called the ‘blood’ of plants. It has the same molecular structure of human blood with the exception of its center atom, which is magnesium based rather than iron.*

What makes this product better than other greens on the market?

pHresh greens® is:

  • Made with all organic ingredients*
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  • Naturally balanced source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, carotenoids, phytonutrients, enzymes and dietary fiber*
  • Great for detoxifying and cleansing*
  • Complete raw food with powerful antioxidants*
  • Alkaline green vegetables, cereal grasses and sea algaes, all help to balance pH levels

Enjoy this delicious Blueberry smoothie recipe!

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  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp Phresh Greens

Toss ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and enjoy!

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Questions About Probiotics?

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Research has shown that probiotics are beneficial in maintaining intestinal health, boosting your immune system and even aid mental health.

This is what Dr. Michael Klaper has to say about probiotics: “Keeping the resident population of bacteria in the intestinal tract healthy is essential, especially after taking a course of antibiotics. A population of “friendly” bacteria is required not only for the health of the intestines, but also to inhibit overgrowth with yeast and “unfriendly,” pathogenic bacteria. Normal bacterial flora also help to prevent increased intestinal permeability (“leaky-gut syndrome”), which can lead to joint inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Consequently, ingesting a preparation containing health-enhancing bacteria is often a very good idea.”

The most health-promoting organisms in our intestines are the family of Lactobacillus bacteria, especially Lactobacillus acidophilus, along with its friendly cousins, L. plantarum, L. salivarius, L. bulgaricus, L. casei, L. bifidus, and others.

The beneficial organisms must be put into the gut in substantial numbers. A good probiotic product has between 3 and 15 BILLION organisms per dose. (This is often expressed as colony forming units or cfu’s.) For severe derangements of the intestinal flora, this dose may need to be doubled. This is why I think eating yogurt as a probiotic is pointless. Standard, commercial yogurt is pasteurized to kill bacteria before it is sold, so it is useless as a probiotic source. The “cultured” or “bacteria-fortified” yogurt products have a few million organisms, at best. Thus, you would need to consume dozens of tubs of yogurt to produce any beneficial effect. Why consume all the dairy protein and sugar inherent in these products when all you really want is the beneficial organisms you can purchase purely in a good probiotic product?

To choose the perfect Probiotic Supplement the following will help you choose wisely:

Key Features To Look For:

7 to 12 strains of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Diversity is Key!
Should always include a Prebiotic such as Inulin
Should contain at least 100mg or more per serving
Should have at least an “Acid Protection System” built in
Preferably not a synthetic enteric coating system laiden with pthallates

What is a Prebiotic?

It is food for the probiotics. These prebiotics actually help the probiotics grow and flourish. They are extremely important in supporting the survival of probiotics.

Prebiotics important properties include:

Healthy bacteria- building potential
They are actually fiber
They are indigestible by bad bacteria
They are food for the probiotics

The Probiotic that I recommend to my my clients is

Probulin Daily Care – Probiotics.
It is outstanding!
Probulin Daily Care is a once daily Probiotic + Prebiotic with the following features and benefits:
  • 10 Billion cfu† per capsule
  • 12 probiotic strains
  • Prebiotic Inulin – food for the probiotic’s survival
  • Shelf stable
  • Supports digestive health
  • Supports digestive balance
  • Supports the immune system

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Tips for Eating Out on a Plant Based Diet

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Restaurants can prove to be a challenge when it comes to sticking to a plant-based diet. Take a look at any menu, and I’m sure you’ll find cheese in just about everything.

Don’t worry – you won’t be stuck eating at home alone with your cat while your friends are dining out. There is something on the menu for you to eat. Sometimes, it will take a little creativity.

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Why Should You Choose a Plant Based Diet?

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Regardless of what dietary path you follow, we can all agree that consuming more whole, plant-based foods means you are getting more nutrients, antioxidants and fiber – and that, of course, has benefits for your health. A plant-based diet emphasizes the quality of the food you eat rather than just the omission of animal products.

Let’s look a little deeper though, as to why a plant-based diet is a good choice.

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What is a plant based diet?

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The New Year is upon us, and that inevitably means resolutions. Folks are looking for ways to improve their overall health and fitness, and dietary changes are usually top amongst the list.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about whole food, plant-based diets, especially as more and more top athletes have adopted a plant-based lifestyle.

So what exactly is a plant-based diet?

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