Approximately twenty million Americans suffer from some type of anxiety.
Anxiety is described as distress, uneasiness, fear and worry; a state of apprehension and tension. Some common symptoms of anxiety are sweating, headaches, increased heart rate and/or heart palpitations, shallow breathing, restlessness, nervousness, and weakness. While there are many why we may experience anxiety. Anxiety can be the result of physical conditions (illness/injury, medication side effects, lack of oxygen), environmental factors (trauma, relationship/work/family stress, finances, natural disaster), or brain chemistry (faulty neurotransmitters or poor nutrition), to name a few.
Sixty percent of our brains are comprised of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). DHA is an N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (also known as an Omega fatty acid). Insufficient intake of Omega fatty acids can cause anxiety. The fatty acids help enhance, strengthen, and fortify the tissues in the brain, as well as ‘lubricate’ the neurotransmitters, meaning the brain’s ‘connectors’ run more smoothly. Keeping the brain’s fatty acid composition at a healthy level helps to regulate the reactions from stressors, be they emotional, or physical.
To get the proper amounts of Omega fatty acids we must get them through our nutritional intake. An excellent way to do that is by eating hempseeds, hempseed oil, or food products enhanced with hemp. Hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids needed by our body (and brain).
In addition to helping with the anxiety, the hemp can also help alleviate some of the physical symptoms, as it is an anti-inflammatory as well.
*I do not recommend discontinuing taking any prescribed anxiety medication prescribed by your physician. If you have any questions about hemp/Omega fatty acids/diet and your medication, please contact your care provider.