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August 3, 2022

This Antioxidant Enhances Children’s Brain, Scientists Discovered It Passes Through Breastmilk

Breastmilk is widely known in the Natural community as the ultimate brain enhancers for newborn developement. The impact of maternal dieting is a steady growing research of how much antioxidants passes through breast milk and it’s biological function on young minds.  

Its exciting to learn of the importance of nutritious plant base foods that offers long term health benefits to moms and babies, because intuitively eating is steadily healing me from years of endometriosis trauma and habitual junk dieting. Part of my generational healing journey focuses on eating habits by connecting Littles to natural whole foods that her maternal line has done long ago via breastmilk and home cooking. 

It can be rough inquiring about breastfeeding nutrition as new age parents, but that furthers my drive to inform others the powers of human milk and the mommas mind. 

We've already spoke about carotenoids and how to naturally increase it's content. Now we will discuss the role polyphenols plays in breastmilk, the benefits, and the best tips on how to consume and absorb them.

What are polyphenols and its benefits?

Polyphenols are some of the largest plant compound groups known as phytochemicals with over 300 types naturally found in nature. Polyphenols come in various colors that crosses into similar colors with the carotenoid compounds. 

The main benefits are it’s accessbility and ability to deliver healing attributes that can improve post partum healing recoveries while simultaneously boosting our infants immune systems. 


Maternal Benefits

  • Enhances cognitive and attentional function 
  • Improve lipid profile in breastmilk
  • Reduce anxiety, depression, and stress
Growing research shows the polyphenols can tremendously improve post partum recovery by altering hormones, releasing anti-inflammatory properties, and promoting calming effects that we may feel from motherhood.


Infant Benefits

  • Improves gut health thus boosting the immune system
  • Improves lipid profile in breastmilk
  • Promote brain stimulating 
  • Reduce oxidative stress linked to heart diseases, lung, intestinal disorders,  cancer, diabetes, and neurological dysfunction
Giving infants a early head start in natures healing compounds may exert powerful effects in premature & gut-sensitive infants. 



The types passed in breastmilk

Polyphenols has secondary metabolites that are divided Into 4 sub group; flavonoids, phenolic acids, stilbenes, and lignans. 

The type of polyphenols passed through breast milk, that are backed with studies, are flavonoids and phenolic acids. Flavonids and phenolic acids has the ability to pass through the blood brain barrier and directly stimulate the central nervous system amongst assisting with other bodily functions.



INCORPORATING IN DIET

Polyphenols are so broad, I was easily able to find and utilize them in my meals and drinks. While there are several types of flavonoids I keep up with them by ingesting berries, fermented red cabbage, onions, fermented cacao, and citrus fruits. Fermented is great for digestion and improving the gut flora of mom and infants. 

There’s also a wide range of foods I eat high in phenolic acid like raspberries, strawberries, flax oil, tomatoes, chickpeas, and lentils. A lot of coconut curries, yogurt bowls, and unsweetend fruit salads are great meals to consume during the heat. 




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