Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry or European Blueberry) holds potent antioxidant properties with the active component Resveratrol
Grow Your Brain
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a naturally occurring protein that is responsible for brain growth, the maintenance, and survival of neurons. Higher levels of BDNF are associated with increased intelligence, mood, productivity, and memory. And decreased risks of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Resveratrol increases BDNF in your hippocampus which is a part of the brain that plays a major role in learning and memory. Resveratrol has a boosting effect on BDNF and is an essential ingredient to improving your longevity and ability to reach your next goal.
Shield Your Brain
Resveratrol shields mitochondria (the power/battery part of your brain cells) from injury during interruptions in blood flow such as head impact. Allowing you to keep fuelling the brain when it is most vulnerable, which is key to the first aid response to concussions of any severity
Cope With Stress
Preconditioning the brain means training the brain to help it adapt to moments of stress. This can help limit cell death and the neuronal damage that mounts following a period of oxygen and blood flow restriction, like following a head impact
You cannot make resveratrol in your body, but you can get it from your diet if you eat the right fruits including red grapes that are squashed to form red wine. So this is a naturally occurring compound with several known sources two of which are Redwine and Bilberry.
Resveratrol is unique as it can cross the "Blood Brain Barrier" (BBB) which acts as a fortress to protect your brain from toxins. One of the reasons Bilberry might be so effective at improving brain function is because of the natural shield of antioxidants and polyphenols that protect the active component Resveratol as it passes through your digestive system. Its not only the digestive system that impacts the bioavailability of nootropics but also the BBB. The BBB has an important role in protecting the brain but it does make it difficult to get nutrients into the brain to affect its function. Resveratrol doesn’t have any trouble with navigating past the BBB which makes it unique and can therefore get to work assisting your brains defense against reactive oxygen and nitrogen species that build as fatigue mounts daily but also if you take a head impact (Sakata et al., 2010).