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The Truth Behind CBD Oil as an Overlooked Tool for Atrial Fibrillation

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Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) that can interrupt the normal flow of blood, and one of the prevalent conditions addressed at Natural Heart Doctor. This rhythm interruption increases your risk of blood clots and stroke. It is estimated that between 2.7 and 6.1 million U.S. people have atrial fibrillation, although many go undiagnosed since symptoms can be hidden or intermittent.

Writing scripts for pharmaceuticals and performing surgeries are the medical community’s tools of choice for treating AFib. Unfortunately for those afflicted with AFib, neither drugs nor surgeries address the root cause and often set patients up for future health and heart issues and even death. So, where do we look for the root cause?

Inflammation

Inflammation is a key place to start, as AFib develops from abnormal rhythms of atrial tissue in the heart. The atria are inflamed and irritated and the body’s immune cells are already working overtime due to factors such as lack of sunshine (vitamin D), a sedentary lifestyle, poor food choices and a toxin-laden planet. I discuss a proper diet and lifestyle in depth in my book, The Paleo Cardiologist (get it FREE here). Read on to find out how I address the use of cannabidiol (CBD) to disrupt inflammation and correct your AFIB.

Quick Intro to CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main active compounds found in the Cannabis sativa L plant. CBD is non-psychoactive (as opposed to THC, which is also from Cannabis) but exerts a number of beneficial effects on your endocannabinoid system. This is a molecular system responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body, including immune response, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism, memory, and more.

Cannabinoids affect your endocannabinoid system, which works to help keep your body in homeostasis with the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  When the body shifts out of balance with inflammation or disease, CBD may support your endocannabinoid system and act to regulate the body.

CBD’s Impact on the Heart and AFib

Research shows that CBD can help maintain healthy cardiovascular function, prevent heart inflammation and mitigate AFib risk factors in a number of ways: 

  1. Lowers high blood pressure, according to this study.
  2. Aids in managing diabetes, as evidenced in this study.
  3. Reduces the incidence of potentially dangerous arrhythmias per this study.
  4. Protects against hardening of the arteries according to this study.
  5. Improves sleep disorders per this study.
  6. Lowers the incidence of stroke, of which AFib is causal, per this study.

In addition to these benefits, CBD also assists in treating leaky gut syndrome, helps to balance  the nervous system, and boasts some terrific neuro-protective properties.

CBD comes in many forms, however taking CBD as oil, sublingually (putting it under your tongue), is the easiest and safest way to ingest it. Sublingual oils will produce faster and stronger results than topicals, however it’s extremely important to do your research before purchasing or taking them. Source a product that is non-GMO, organic and has a Certificate of Analysis (COA). With a plethora of brands on the market today, how do you know which company is best?

We at Natural Heart Doctor trust Biotics Research. Two brothers started this company over 40 years ago. I have been to the factory. I know the brothers. I know that they test for efficacy and impurities and make the best of the best. It is what my wife and I personally use at home and for our practice. Our patients have had tons of success with Biotics. So will you.

The suggested dose for all indications is 1 dropperful. Start here, and if you need more, double it up. Some people can get by with less. There is a sweet spot, and more is not better. Don’t go beyond the point at which it is helpful as it then becomes unhelpful. For more advice on this product and others consider a free health coach consult.

If you would like to purchase a bottle containing 600mg of CBD and 30 servings, click here for more information.

If you’re already taking medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, AFib, or other heart conditions, it’s important to consult with your doctor before you start taking CBD. High doses of CBD may interfere with the metabolism of some of these medications.

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