Omega-3 Derived Cannabinoids Fight Inflammation
Omega 3 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids, as we all know are famous for their anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation in the body may ultimately lead to more serious conditions such as, Diabetes, Pancreatitis, Cardiovascular Disease, Parkinson’s and Cancer. A recent study conducted by University of Illinois, has revealed that through various enzymatic pathways, the body converts these omega 3 fatty acids into endocannabinoids, also known as natural cannabinoids produced by the body, and thereafter into powerful anti-inflammatory molecules which bind to cannabinoid receptors in our immune system. Some cannabinoids such as THC, found in generous amounts in Cannabis Sativa, may bind to these immune receptors and elicit a powerful anti-inflammatory response.
Furthermore, these anti-inflammatory molecules called omega 3 endocannabinoid epoxides have properties that have an effect on blood vessel dilation and blood platelet aggregation. These findings present a new and promising approach in the treatment of many medical condition.
The findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date: July 18, 2017