A healthy immune system reduces your chance of viral infection and flu. With natural ways to boost the immune system, you can achieve a healthy immune system.
Make Sure You Get Your A-B-C-D-Es
The saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” can actually be true as consumption of vitamins can boost your immune system. Vitamin A, B6, C, D, and E can help increase the strength of the immune system. Vitamin C is the biggest booster of all and lack of it can cause several diseases including Scurvy. You can get Vitamin C from citrus fruits like Orange, Grapefruit, Spinach, and Strawberries.
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is a network of cannabinoids and receptors that works to regulate most functions in the human body. One of these functions, as researchers have described it, is its role as an “immuno-cannabinoid” modulator.
Basically what this means is that “communicative” molecules in the ECS can work as a signaling mechanism and provide instructions for the functional machinery involved in the immune response.
Among other things, these “instructions” provide information for the body’s immune system that tells it when to engage its line of defense, where, and how strongly to engage it.
Additionally, some researchers have even speculated that the ECS may work to “notify” the body of an “incorrect” autoimmune response, wherein the defense cells attack otherwise healthy organs and tissues. This may be why cannabinoids seem to function so well in treating autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
Bear in mind, however, that as of right now all of this research is still speculative in nature. As we’ve said, much more in-depth studies need to be carried out in order to have a more thorough understanding of the exact molecular pathways that are at work.
That being said, we know that when taken at certain levels, cannabinoids such as CBD can reduce painful, inflammatory responses in humans. This is particularly true among those who suffer from some of the aforementioned autoimmune conditions.
Moreover, we know that compounds that stimulate the endocannabinoid system have the ability to promote new nerve cell generation (neurogenesis) and also reduce nerve cell degeneration (this last part has been seen in animals).
So, what does this actually mean? Well, when an individual suffers a serious traumatic event (i.e. has a severe head injury, stroke, etc.), the lack of oxygen and excess inflammation severely damages the nerve cells.
Experts believe that CBD may be able to protect nerve cells because of its efficacy as an antioxidant. Few people know, in fact, that the U.S. government actually holds a patent on cannabinoids for this exact purpose.
Inflammation, besides its negative aspects, is vital for the immune system to inhibit infections. Inflammation is the immune response required to stop the diseases from spreading by isolating the damaged and infected cells. Therefore, inflammation is needed to fight certain diseases in the body and preventing it can weaken the immune system. However, CBD can also be used to maintain a balance between the functions of the immune system.
If you have been considering taking CBD for immune system health or an autoimmune condition that you already have, be advised that there are dozens of high-quality CBD oils and tinctures available for sale online. Most companies can ship to all 50 U.S. states as a result of their manufacturing guidelines under the 2018 Farm Bill.
Whenever possible, however, try and make it a point to speak with a physician or other clinical professional regarding the use of CBD oil for immune health. We have recently published an article relating to specific CBD dosing guidelines, but we reiterate the fact that we are not health professionals, and thus none of the information on this site should be interpreted as clinical advice.
Moreover, since the FDA does not yet recognize CBD as a medicine, many of the above-mentioned companies are legally obliged to market their CBD tinctures as “nutritional supplements” rather than actual medicinal drugs.
And finally, make sure to always do thorough research on your own and use CBD under your own judgment. We make no outward claims or guarantees that it will be effective or therapeutic for you and your condition, regardless of data that’s available in scientific studies.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Mike Bohl Written by MarijuanaBreak Staff
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