Other than general relaxation, the majority of consumers use CBD to support anxiety, pain and sleeplessness. That’s according to a poll conducted by the Nutrition Business Journal. And it’s no wonder, since approximately 20% of the adult population in the U.S. suffers from anxiety, 10% from pain and 30% from sleeplessness!
Hemp derived cannabinoids like CBD alleviate many different symptoms associated with these ailments due to their ability to interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is the body’s communication system helping to maintain overall health and wellbeing or homeostasis. We can assist the body’s return to its ideal operation by supplementing a deficiency in our body’s own production of endocannabinoids.
While we might have a deficiency in endocannabinoids, there are a lot of other nutrient deficiencies that impact our wellbeing. One nutrient in particular that affects our ability to deal with stress, address muscle discomfort and get a good nights’ sleep is magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral involved in hundreds chemical reactions throughout the body.
Adequate levels of magnesium can help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety in many ways. One way magnesium counters stress is by binding to and stimulating GABA receptors in the brain. Low GABA is associated with numerous stress-related disorders. Magnesium helps to convert the amino acid tryptophan, into serotonin, a compound needed to maintain a healthy mood balance. Additionally, it also helps balance the hormone cortisol, which regulates our response to stress.
Magnesium is an essential mineral to help muscles function properly. Magnesium balances the intake of calcium helping muscles relax after a contraction. Without magnesium, muscles continue to tighten and don’t get a chance to recover. A deficiency can lead to muscle soreness, tension and even spasms causing discomfort and pain.
Many people have difficulty falling asleep because they can’t seem to turn their brain off at night. Magnesium can help by maintaining healthy levels of the neurotransmitter GABA. GABA slows down the communication between your brain and your central nervous system. It therefore helps the brain power down for the night allowing the body prepare for a good night’s sleep.
The body maintains a delicate balance of vitamins and minerals, so it’s important to know the status of other deficiencies, as well as excesses. Some other vitamins and minerals taken in concert with magnesium include calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B, Zinc, Potassium and Iron. Check with your health care provider, for the status of nutritional deficiencies or excesses as well as any interactions with medications and underlying health conditions.
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