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What is Magnolol and How Does It Curb Anxiety?

 

You’ve seen magnolia trees before. Their beautiful, large white blossoms appear every spring. But did you know that the bark of that very same tree can help keep your nerves in check as well as possibly improve your immune system?

 

True. And it’s all thanks to a properly working endocannabinoid system or ECS.

 

 

What is ECS?

 

Inside your body, working behind the scenes, is your endocannabinoid system. Now, this isn’t something that everyone is instantly familiar with. In fact, it’s just gained some significant ground recently.

 

And you may be wondering why you have a system that has a form of the word “cannabis” in it. Here’s what’s going on.

 

Your endocannabinoid system is made up of a group of compounds known as cannabinoids – including the receptors they bind to – and are found in vital organs like your brain, lungs, heart and glands.

 

In fact, ECS affects important biological processes like …

 

  • How you react to things during the day
  • Sleep patterns, and
  • Memory

 

The most important function of your ECS is something called homeostasis. What that means in layman’s terms is balance. Just like a gymnast works hard to stay perfectly balanced on a four-inch wide piece of wood on legs called a balance beam, your body does its own internal version of it.

 

While your body does manufacture its own cannabinoids, there are times when you will want to supplement them. And one of the ingredients you will want to look for in a great supplement is magnolia bark extract with at least 50% magnolol.

 

 

Magnolia Bark Extract

 

Magnolia bark extract has enjoyed a recent surge in interest by an ever-increasing health conscious public. Yet, this powerful ingredient has been around and used regularly by traditional Chinese herbalists for about 2,000 years.

 

Originally found in China, magnolia bark was used by herbalists to reduce anxiety and help provide a restful night’s sleep.

 

 

Magnolia bark is also a potent antioxidant which may curb inflammation, defeat free radicals in your body and improve immune system health. People with asthma will benefit from magnolia bark as it contains anti-inflammatory properties that help keep lung and bronchial tissues from swelling.

 

 

The Magic of Magnolol

 

Magnolol is one of the active compounds found in magnolia bark extract along with its twin sister, honokiol. It’s a bioactive compound that is considered a lignan with anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.

 

Lignans are an important piece of this puzzle because they are antioxidants that also help to support your immune system so you have the help you need to fight off any illness that comes your way.

 

 

Magnolia Bark with Magnolol and Your ECS

 

There are two very important cannabinoid receptors found in your body and they are cannabinoid receptor 1 [CB1] and cannabinoid receptor 2 [CB2]. The CB1 receptors are found mostly in your brain and central nervous system while the CB2 receptors play a crucial role in your immune cells and peripheral nervous system.

 

Studies out of the University of Bonn in Germany shows that Magnolol helps activate the CB2 receptors. Why is that important? Your brain and central nervous system are key players in your stress levels and anxiety. Magnolia bark extract with magnolol can aid in reducing the stress from a hectic work life/home life balancing act which can help keep you calm.

 

But that’s not all. Magnolol also works with CB2 receptors to help relieve pain and swelling. So it will go toe to toe with anything that may cause inflammation in your body.

 

When shopping for an endocannabinoid supplement, make sure to find one that contains magnolia bark extract. The PhytoCann complex in Emerald Health Bioceuticals contains Magnolia as well as other cannabinoid-rich botanicals to help chase away stress and anxiety and support a healthy endocannabinoid system.

 

 

Reference links:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-magnolol.htm

http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/relieve-stress-with-honokiol-and-magnolol-from-magnolia-extract

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0077739