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What are Anti-oxidants?
Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells from oxidative stress, which is caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells, including DNA, proteins, and lipids, and contribute to the development of many chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Types of antioxidants
There are many different types of antioxidants, including vitamins (such as vitamins C and E), minerals (such as selenium and zinc), and plant compounds (such as flavonoids and carotenoids). These antioxidants can be found in a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and promote overall health and well-being.
Cannabis food as an anti-oxidant
Cannabis contains several compounds that can act as Antioxidants, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Terpenes and Flavonoids.
Research has suggested that CBD may have antioxidant properties by reducing oxidative damage in cells and tissues. One study found that CBD was able to reduce oxidative stress in rats with liver injury by increasing antioxidant enzyme activity and decreasing lipid peroxidation (a marker of oxidative damage).
THC has also been found to have antioxidant properties in animal studies. One study found that THC was able to protect neurons from oxidative stress in mice with neurodegenerative disease.
In addition, some research has suggested that the terpenes found in cannabis may also have antioxidant properties. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants, including cannabis, and are responsible for the plant’s distinctive scent. Flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are thought to protect against a range of chronic diseases.