Our brain is accountable for approximately 20% of our daily energy metabolism.
That is a lot of metabolism happening in a very small area! This renders a constant buildup of free radicals that needs "neutralizing".
Free radical damage is considered a major cause in the development of dementia like Alzheimer.
What is the the use of living longer if your brain is not working?
Helping the brain by eating antioxidant rich food is wise if you plan on living a long and healthy life.
But the brain is restricted area!
It is being protected by the blood brain barrier.
This barrier prevents toxins and microorganisms to enter the brain.
But it also prevents useful molecules from entering.
Many antioxidants cannot cross that barrier and help the brain clean up after eating.
What antioxidants can cross the blood brain barrier?
Load up on these helpers:
- Melatonin, the sleep hormone.
- Quercetin, found in apples.
- Anthocyanids and many Flavanoids.
Found in vegetables, berries and fruit. Bunk up of different colors and you will be safe!
- EGCg, found in green tea.
- Polyphenolic compounds in blueberries, like Pterostilbene, are able to cross the blood brain barrier easily.