There can be many complications related to high blood sugar, but the effect on the brain is often not talked about. High blood sugar is known to cause an inflammatory response that may disrupt the blood brain barrier. The blood brain barrier is made up of cells that protect the brain from harmful substances; so, is very important to keep healthy! Long term or chronic inflammation in the brain may contribute to other conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Controlling your blood sugar is the first and most important step in maintaining brain and body health. A close second is having an adequate intake of antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation!

Antioxidants come in a wide variety of foods, the simple answer is to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables! Beans, leafy greens, and berries are at the top of the list for great sources of antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables being part of a daily routine is fantastic, but antioxidants are also found in many other favorite foods and drinks! Other sources include dark chocolate, green, some herbal, and black tea, coffee, beer, and wine! Beer and wine have the most benefits when consumed in moderation, being one serving per day for women, and two servings for men. When it comes to tea and coffee, unfortunately, adding milk can block the absorption of the antioxidants so enjoy it plain or with some Stevia to make it taste just right! The key is to eat a wide variety of these foods for maximum benefit and to keep your taste buds happy too!