Inflammation, Aging, and Hemp

A friend recently asked me, “It’s funny but inflammation seems to an issue with many people as we get older, why do you think that is?”

It would seem that aging CAUSES inflammation, but that is not entirely true. There are many theories, but the one that stands out to me is this: Inflammation is one of the reasons WHY we age.

Inflammation is the result of many factors : suppressed immune system, injury, allergies, infection, lifestyle, poor diet, smoking, and lack of sleep.

So, what exactly IS inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s biological response to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. (Wikipedia)

Many of the conditions we associate with aging (wrinkles, dry skin, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, arthritis to name a few) are results of inflammation.

So, how do we age gracefully without inflammation, or at least reducing it?

Incorporating hempseed or hempseed oil into the diet is one way. The Omega fatty acids in the hemp help heal the cellular structure and lubricate the cells and membranes. Hempseed is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It also helps with brain health and may reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s or other inflammatory brain diseases.

Is hempseed the new fountain of youth? Perhaps!

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