Can CBD Oil Replace a Multi-vitamin?

The answer definitely depends on a person’s lifestyle!

If you eat a healthy, balanced, and clean diet you will need fewer vitamin and mineral supplements than someone who depends on McD’s and Doritos to survive. The human body needs specific nutrients for optimal performance.  Many multi-vitamins supplement far beyond our body’s needs given a healthy diet.  The human body only requires the proper levels of A, Bs, C, D, E, Omegas, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and probiotics for optimal function. All other vitamins are simply supplemental, and not required for sustaining health.  The following are the essential vitamins that hemp CBD contains:

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, or retinol, is a strong antioxidant that is crucial for vision, and it also aids the growth of soft tissue and skeletal tissue such as teeth and skin. Hemp CBD oil does contain vitamin A, however, 11 IU of vitamin A per 100g, doesn’t meet the recommended daily dose. Be sure to fill your diet with plenty of squash, spinach, sweet potato, carrots, apricots, broccoli and eggs to ensure you meet the recommended vitamin A allowance.

B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12)

All B vitamins play a vital role in a wide range of psychological and physical functions – among other things, they aid in skin health, eye health, and general nerve function . B6 helps maintain a healthy nervous system, while B12 helps your mood, memory, heart, skin, and digestion system.

100g of hemp seeds contain 0.6mg of B6  Eating plenty of salmon, lamb, Feta cheese, grass fed beef, cottage cheese and eggs will fuel the body with the proper amounts of B12. B6 can be found in pork, poultry, fish, brown rice and soy.

Vitamin C

As well as being one of the most effective vitamins, Vitamin C is also one of the safest; it is almost impossible to overdose. It helps protect against deficiencies in the immune system, and prevents eye disease, skin aging, and cardiovascular disease.

The body doesn’t store this vitamin so you should consume it throughout the day. 100g of hemp seeds contains just 0.5mg, so a healthy diet is imperative. Proper allowance can be achieved through red pepper, kiwi, green bell pepper, oranges, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, kale, Brussel sprouts, grapefruit and tomatoes.

Vitamin D

This is one of the most important ‘additions’ to a diet because most of us don’t get enough from food or the sun. Vitamin D supports a healthy immune system, strong bones, and overall good health.

While shelled hemp seeds may have less than 10 IU per 100g, some hemp CBD oils are fortified with vitamin D. Typical diet should include salmon, tuna, fortified milk, eggs, mushrooms. Sunlight also provides the recommended amount of vitamin D with 5-30 minutes of exposure at least twice a week.

Vitamin E

This vitamin has antioxidant properties and it functions as an anti-inflammatory, and it can even enhance the immune system. Also, there are suggestions that it protects against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Hemp seeds only contain about 5% of what you need. You can supplement this with a diet rich in sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, avocado, salmon, lobster and pumpkin seeds.

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Zinc

Zinc is created by the body and is found in our cells. It aids the immune system by fighting off bacteria and viruses; it also helps makes the genetic material in our cells such as proteins and DNA.

100 g of hulled hemp seeds contain 9.9 mg of Zinc, so if you include white meat, red meat, and dairy products in your diet along with CBD, you may have enough overall to meet the recommended daily allowance.

Fatty Acids

The most important of these are Omega-3 and Omega-6. We should consume these fatty acids in a 3:1 ratio, but in the average American diet, the number is closer to 25:1. As such, we consume too much Omega-3 and too little Omega-6 (though in some cases, people don’t eat enough of either!). Fatty acids offer dozens of health benefits, including improved brain and cardiovascular health.

The most useful type of Omega-3s are DHA and EPA. 100g of hemp seeds contain 9 grams of Omega-3 and an incredible 28g of Omega-6, so if you combine CBD with oily fish a few times a week, you should get all the fatty acids you need.

Probiotics

These are living species of microorganisms, and we need them for improved digestion and a healthy immune system response. There is a wide range of sugar free yogurts that contain these healthy bacteria.

Although there are endocannabinoids in the gut and intestinal lining, CBD cannot replicate the effects of probiotics. However, you can use cannabidiol with probiotic yogurts to enhance the efficiency of absorption and digestion.

Calcium/Magnesium/Potassium/Iron

Along with zinc, these are classified as ‘essential’ minerals – especially calcium, iron, and magnesium. Calcium is essential for strong and healthy bones, magnesium relieves muscle pain and is excellent for heart health, and potassium benefits your nervous system and enhances muscle strength. Iron helps transport oxygen through the body, so if you have a lack of it, you will feel fatigued.

Hemp seeds have plenty of magnesium, but a proper diet should provide enough calcium, potassium and iron to meet the recommended allowance.  Calcium is found in seeds, yogurts, salmon, beans and lentils, almonds, leafy greens, soy and milk. Potassium is rich in sweet potato, white potato, tomato, watermelon, spinach, beets, beans, salmon, squash and yogurt. Iron is found in shellfish, spinach, legumes, red meat, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, turkey, broccoli, tofu and dark chocolate.

Other nutrients

In addition to the necessary vitamins listed above, a quality full spectrum CBD oil also contains Selenium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Flavonoids, Terpenes and terpenoids as well as protein and fiber!

So, can I ditch my multivitamin?

The range of cannabinoids found in a high-quality CBD product absolutely helps improve your general health. If you combine CBD with a balanced diet you will get a high percentage of what you need. There may be the odd ‘gap’ here and there however, so take note of what’s missing and make sure to supplement where needed.  A great way to track nutritional intake is through a diet log app such as My Fitness Pal. Even though it doesn’t completely replace a multivitamin, CBD is vastly superior to most ‘herbal’ remedies on the market.

A special thanks to www. marijuanabreak.com for details on the above information.

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