CBD and antioxidants
In past blogs, I’ve noted that CBD has powerful antioxidant properties. But, I’m not sure we’ve delved into why that is important. You may already know that antioxidants can be found in foods such as blackberries, blueberries, leafy green veggies, etc. But even though antioxidants have recently received a lot of attention as being good for you, do you know why?
Well, I’m not going to go all science on you; rather I’ll give you the Cliffs Notes version of why you should care about antioxidants. First, here’s a dictionary definition of antioxidant: a substance such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. Got it? Clear as mud, I know. Bodies are made up of billions of cells. Antioxidants protect those cells from damage by oxidants.
Right, what are oxidants? Glad you asked. Oxidants are free radicals that your body produces or that are found in the environment in the form of pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol, and more. Free radicals protect your cells from viruses and harmful microbes. Too many free radicals, however, can contribute to heart disease and cancer.
Antioxidants to the rescue. A diet rich in antioxidants can slow or prevent damage caused by an overabundance of free radicals by balancing the presence of oxidants with antioxidants. Research has shown that CBD is a potent source of antioxidants. In addition, a number of studies have linked antioxidant-rich diets to a lower risk for diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and arthritis.
In a nutshell, a diet rich in antioxidants—and this includes CBD along with fruits, vegetables, nuts, garlic and many other antioxidant-rich foods—can help keep free radicals under control and your body operating optimally. ‘Nuff said.