4 Functional Foods For A Thriving Endocannabinoid System
If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve heard stories about people using CBD as part of healthy lifestyle. As you learn about their experiences, you may wonder how there can be so many reasons people use cannabidiol.
While they’ll tell you the different ways it promotes a healthier life, the more scientific reasons behind the stories lie in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). However, CBD isn’t the only way to energize the ECS. There are also several functional foods that can also provide it with a boost.
“FATTY” FISH AND FOODS
If there’s one thing the endocannabinoid system likes, its fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6. Certain fish like salmon, sardines, herring, albacore tuna, lake trout and mackerel have a good concentration of omega-3. If your body is low in endocannabinoids, fatty acids like this can help your body produce more of them. You’ll want them to team up with your ECS to fight inflammation.
You can also get Omega-6 in foods like eggs, whole grains, and poultry.
Hemp seeds can also provide the body with endocannabinoid-producing fatty acids. Thanks to its nutty flavor, there are several ways to incorporate them into a meal. If you search online, you’ll find hemp seeds mixed with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes. This includes cereal with hemp milk, almond butter toast, salads, and burgers.
GREENS AND SPICES
You already know some leafy green vegetables are good for your body, but did you know they can also be beneficial to your endocannabinoid system? If your idea of adding a little spice to your food includes sprinkling oregano, cinnamon, or black pepper onto your meals, you’re adding terpenes into the mix.
Found in oregano, black pepper, and cinnamon, beta-caryophyllene, has been linked to the endocannabinoid system’s receptors. In fact, b-caryophyllene is a cannabinomimetic, because research shows its ability to stimulate the CB2 cannabinoid receptors. Found in peripheral tissues, CB2 receptors also impact inflammation. This means that there’s great anti-inflammatory potential in beta-caryophyllene, and its gastro-protective properties can support gastrointestinal wellness too.
Researcher Dr. Ethan Russo stated, “It is increasingly apparent that proper dietary choices encompassing prebiotic vegetables and fermented foods may play important roles in future therapeutics targeting the ECS.” Some prebiotic foods include garlic, bananas, Jerusalem artichoke, sunchoke, apples, and onions.
The endocannabinoid system is home to so many receptors, molecules, and chemical compounds it plays an integral role in the balance of our health. So, it’s easy to imagine why certain disparities or deficiencies in the ECS might affect anything from inflammatory responses to appetite triggers. That’s why there are so many stories about CBD and functional foods interacting with the ECS and supporting healthier lifestyles.
At Elixinol, we’ve also seen many examples of how the endocannabinoid system can be a key factor in supporting people’s overall health. We’re happy to answer your questions, so contact us today.