Although the brain only weighs approx. 2% of our body weight, the brain absorbs 20% of the body’s energy. The brain consumes what is equivalent to 1/2 kg sugar in a week – both when you are awake and when you sleep.
Today we know a lot about how the intake of various foods can affect nerve cell structure and thus brain plasticity. We know that some substances, eg. omega 3 acids, uridine, choline, some vitamins and minerals are part of the nerve cells structure and necessary for normal functioning of the nerve cells. Many substances stimulate various growth factors in the brain, whereas the other substances increases the activity of the metabolic processes in the brain. Finally, there are many substances that are important for the protection of nerve cells. These are the substances that act as so-called antioxidants, for example vitamin C, rosemary acid and flavonoids in fruits and berries.