Have you ever heard the term "Leaky Brain Syndrome"? If not, you might be surprised to learn that leaky brain is an increasingly common condition linked to a variety of chronic health problems.
What is Leaky Brain Syndrome?
Leaky brain syndrome is a condition in which the blood-brain barrier (BBB) has been damaged, allowing toxins and other harmful substances to enter the brain.
TheBrainis an amazingly complex machine. It manages every function of your body, including your thoughts, metabolism, digestion, andHormone. Such an important machine must be protected from bacteria, toxins and other foreign invaders. That's where the blood-brain barrier comes into play.
The blood-brain barrier is a wall between the bloodstream and the brain. It consists of a single layer of cells that surrounds the brain. These cells are connected by tight junctions that allow water, oxygen, essential nutrients, and other beneficial substances to enter the brain via the cerebral circulation while harmful substances are filtered out. Therefore, the blood-brain barrier is referred to as "semipermeable".
The function of the BBB is very similar to that of the gut barrier, the breakdown of which is a key factorleaky gutSyndrome.
Leaky gut and leaky brain syndrome: an important connection
You are probably familiar with the "leaky gut" syndrome. After all, the term has been around for over a decade. However, it might surprise you to learn that Leaky Gut and Leaky Brain are related. That is, both are caused byinflammation, and their development mechanisms are similar.
Consider this: like the brain, the gut has a barrier. This intestinal barrier is designed to prevent pollutants from entering the bloodstream. It consists of a single layer of epithelial cells connected by interepithelial tight junctions that line the entire gastrointestinal tract.
These tight junctions prevent harmful molecules and organisms from entering the general bloodstream while allowing water and nutrients to enter the gastrointestinal system.
The intestinal barrier is naturally semi-permeable to allow beneficial substances to enter the digestive system. But intestinal inflammation can increase intestinal permeability, which allows pro-inflammatory substances to enter the systemic circulation and cause widespread bodily inflammation. This can lead to many chronic diseases.1
If you have leaky gut syndrome, there's a good chance you have it tooLeaky-Brain-Syndrom. That's because the systemic inflammation it causes weakens the blood-brain barrier. This allows pro-inflammatory cytokines to enter and trigger the brainneurological inflammation.
However, research shows that the gut may also have an independent impact on brain function and inflammation due to the unique properties of the gut-brain axis.
Gut-Brain Axis and Encephalitis
It turns out that the gut and brain are constantly communicating with each other via the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve and stretches from your brainstem to part of the colon.
Branches of the vagus nerve connect most major organs. Through this nerve, the brain receives signals from the rest of the body that enable it to respond to the body's needs, i.e. to release in a targeted mannerHormone, activate the immune response to infection/injury etc.
But it also works the other way around: the body receives signals from the brain and reacts accordingly. And that certainly includes the gut. In fact, preclinical studies suggest that traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause "structural and functional" damage to the GI tract.2
And mounting evidence suggests that the condition of your gut can also affect the condition of your brain.
For example, in a 2020 study, researchers found:
"Changes in gut microbiota may promote enteric and peripheral neurogenic/inflammatory responses, which in turn may contribute to central nervous system (CNS) neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration."3
In fact, scientific evidence suggests that gut bacteria modulate inflammatory pathways, which in turn can directly affect brain condition and function.4
This can lead to encephalitis.
Dangers of neurological inflammation
But whyneurological inflammationObject?
Research suggests that chronic brain inflammation is a key factor in the development of several neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. It also plays a role in general health and disease conditions, as well as mood and emotional dysregulation.
Conditions associated with chronic encephalitis include:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
- Parkinson's disease
- Alzheimer's disease
- Huntington's disease
- Bipolar disorder
Mental/Mental Health Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- irritable bowel disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Other health conditions
- weight gain/obesity
- heart disease
And the list goes on and on.
Early signs and symptoms of leaky brain syndrome
The signs/symptoms of leaky brain syndrome are varied and include:
- Brain fog
- difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain/difficulty losing weight
- StorageLoss i.e. not remembering where you put your keys etc.
- mood swings
Long-Term Dangers of Leaky Brain
If left unresolved, Leaky Brain can lead to more serious and debilitating conditions listed in the Dangers of Neurological Inflammation section.
What Causes Leaky Brain Syndrome?
Besides leaky gut, there are several other factors that can cause leaky brain syndrome, most of which you can control. Here are just a few of them.
1. Inflammatory Diet
The foods you eat every day are key to the health of your gut, brain and the rest of your body.
Regularly eat what is referred to as "standard American".diet"Overly processed foods, fast foods and starchy carbohydrates, sugars and processed fats have been observed in clinical research studies to weaken/damage both the gut barrier and the blood-brain barrier.
Well, research suggests that these foods trigger inflammation in our gut, body, and ultimately our brain.
Foods associated with inflammation include:
Sugar plays a big role in inflammation.
Several preclinical research studies, i. H. Animal research suggests that a high-sugar diet not only leads to increased gut permeability and inflammation, but also increases the risk of obesity and insulin resistance.14
Human research trials yielded similar results. For example, a study in human subjects showed that drinking a 12 ounce can of soda per day increased markers of inflammation as well as insulin resistance. It also appeared to cause weight gain in test subjects.15
Refined starches like white bread, pasta, and rice have been shown to have a similar inflammatory effect on the body as sugar.
For example, a large population-based cohort study suggests that increased intake of refined sugars and starches increases the risk of dying from an inflammatory disease. This is because they cause oxidative stress, which increases inflammatory markers.16
Trans fats (trans fatty acids) are created by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils, making them more solid. Trans fats are usually listed on food labels as "partially hydrogenated oils."
Manufacturers use trans fats because they are inexpensive and give foods a preferred taste and texture. It also increases the shelf life of the food. However, trans fats are pro-inflammatory substances that not only increase inflammation but also increase your risk of heart disease and possiblyTyp 2 Diabetes.17
Omega-6 fatty acids
Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fats that can only be obtained through diet. However, some studies suggest that eating too much of it can cause inflammation in the body. However, other studies suggest that omega-6 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.18
Due to conflicting studies, it's best to eat these foods in moderation.
Foods that contain omega-6 fatty acids include vegetable oils and mayonnaise.
Glutenis a protein found in wheat and other cereal grains. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to inflammation.
In a review of research published between 1964 and 2016 on the health effects of gluten, researchers concluded:
“Gluten affects the microbiome and increases intestinal permeability. It increases oxidative stress and affects epigenetic behavior. It is also immunogenic, cytotoxic and pro-inflammatory.”19
It's also an often unrecognized food intolerance, as many people have gluten intolerance without even knowing it.
Though research is mixed, if you're looking to reduce or prevent inflammation, a gluten-free diet is probably a good plan.
2. Environmental toxins
Toxins are everywhere in our environment. household cleaners. air pollution. pesticides. Processed Foods. plastics. Cosmetics.
Although a necessary part of our industrial society, environmental toxins accumulate in our system and endanger our health. And studies show that these toxins can lead to a leaky brain with resultant encephalitis.20
3. Chronic stress
Stress is almost inevitable in our fast-paced society. But when it becomes chronic stress, it can damage your blood-brain barrier.
That's because stress triggers a spike in cortisol. Although useful in the short term, too much cortisol impairs brain function and depletes an important tight junction protein, compromising the integrity of the BBB. This can lead to a leaky brain.21, 22
4.Lack of brain-boosting nutrients
Laut den Centers for Disease Control, armNourishmentis a major cause of preventable chronic disease.23
This is especially true for leaky brain syndrome.
In fact, most people are deficient in these 4 brain-boosting, anti-inflammatory nutrients:
Folate: This B vitamin, also known as folic acid, is essential for brain development and brain health. In fact, folate deficiency has been linked to depression and dementia. As King's College neurologists noted, "It is becoming clear that folic acid affects mood and cognitive function, particularly in the elderly."24
Citicoline: Citicoline is a precursor to choline and a key brain nutrient that increases levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.Citicolinealso increases choline levels in the brain. The US Institute of Medicine discovered that “choline plays a critical role in neurotransmitter function… and studies suggest that cholineadditionsincrease the density of dopamine receptors and may alleviate or improve memory impairment.”25
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): Often referred to as the “universal antioxidant,” CoQ10 is an important nutrient for brain health. For example, when the blood-brain barrier is breached, CoQ10 can protect the brain from free radical damage, which can trigger neurological inflammation.26
Acetyl-L-Carnitin (ALC): As a naturally occurring nutrient, ALC has been shown to have neuroprotective properties. Research shows it can help reduce neuroinflammation, a key factor in many neurodegenerative diseases.27
Natural Solutions for Leaky Brain
There are several national solutions to Leaky Brain. Here are just a few of them.
Improve the quality of your diet
Improving the quality of your diet is one of the most important things you can do to prevent or fix Leaky Brain. Here are some clinically proven nutritional principles that may help fight off inflammation.
Eat anti-inflammatory foods
Eat more of these anti-inflammatory foods:28
- A variety of vegetables
- Fruit (try to choose low-sugar varieties, e.g. citrus, berries)
- full grain
- Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, e.g. E.g. fish, flaxseed
Make sure you increase your fiber intake as this has been shown to protect against many health problems/diseases.
Avoid flammable foods
Eat fewer inflammatory foods, such as:29
- Heavily processed foods
- foods with added sugar
- Processed grains, e.g. E.g. white bread, white rice
- Saturated fats and trans fats
Reduce exposure to environmental toxins
You cannot completely eliminate toxins from your environment. But you can minimize toxic exposure by using natural cleaning products and cosmetics, avoiding processed foods, and perhaps moving out of the city to a rural area where there is less air pollution.
Here are a few great ways to relieve stress:
- Meditate for 20 minutes once or twice a day
- Perform a series of calming yoga postures (asanas).
- Practice deep breathing and/or progressive muscle exercises
- Take leisurely walks or bike rides
- Join a group
- Take a special trip with your friends or significant other
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What causes leaky brain syndrome? ›
Many of the same factors that cause a leaky gut—poor gut health, unhealthy diet, food intolerances, food sensitivities, toxins and infections—can also create a leaky brain.How do you cure a leaky brain? ›
- Improve Gut Health. ...
- Avoid Eating Gluten. ...
- Eat Food with Sulforaphane. ...
- Eat Food with Resveratrol or Pterostilbene. ...
- Drink More Coffee. ...
- Take Omega-3 Fatty Acids. ...
- Take Melatonin and Improve Sleep. ...
- Manage and Reduce Stress.
Brain fog or difficulty concentrating. Chronic fatigue that does not improve with rest or sleep. Headaches or migraines that come on suddenly become worse with standing, and grow more severe as the day progresses. Memory loss or another cognitive decline which may lead to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.Can leaky gut cause brain damage? ›
A "leaky gut" occurs when your intestinal lining becomes porous, allowing undigested foods and bacteria into the bloodstream. If left untreated, this condition can lead to chronic brain inflammation, which in turn can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.What natural supplements help with brain inflammation? ›
Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)
Omega-3s help build cell membranes in the brain and also may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that could protect brain cells.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) In addition to vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione, riboflavin (vitamin B2) also appears to play an important role in affecting redox activity in vivo, countering excitotoxicity, and protecting against neuroinflammation.How can I reduce fluid in my brain naturally? ›
Therefore, it stands to reason that eating foods with anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce inflammation and positively affect brain swelling. Some of the foods with the highest anti-inflammatory attributes include fatty fish, leafy green vegetables, berries, nuts, coffee, and avocados.Does melatonin reduce brain inflammation? ›
Melatonin reduces the development of inflammation and tissue injury associated with SCI by blocking both oxidative and nitrosative stress .How can I repair my brain naturally? ›
- Get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day.
- Increase your activity slowly.
- Write down the things that may be harder than usual for you to remember.
- Avoid alcohol, drugs, and caffeine.
- Eat brain-healthy foods.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Difficulty processing information.
- Difficulty in expressing thoughts.
- Difficulty understanding others.
- Shortened attention span.
- Inability to understand abstract concepts.
- Impaired decision-making ability.
- Memory loss.
Does alcohol cause leaky blood-brain barrier? ›
Not surprisingly, alcohol and acetaldehyde – a byproduct of alcohol metabolism – can weaken and damage the blood-brain barrier, and contribute to leaky brain. Researchers have found that the oxidative stress that results from excess alcohol consumption leads to blood-brain barrier dysfunction (58, 59).Does gluten cause leaky blood-brain barrier? ›
Gluten induces this cornerstone of brain degeneration: inflammation. It causes leakiness of the blood-brain barrier.” The blood-brain barrier is a network of endothelial cells that prevents substances in our blood from getting into our brain tissue.Can leaky gut cause dementia? ›
Inflammation within the gut can cause the gut to become 'leaky' as well as causing the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) to become more permeable. As such, inflammatory molecules can enter the brain through a compromised BBB to trigger brain inflammation, which could trigger or exacerbate Alzheimer's pathogenesis.Can stress and anxiety cause leaky gut? ›
Stress and depression can increase gut barrier permeability. The result, a 'leaky gut,' allows bacteria to seep into circulation, producing an inflammatory response. Indeed, both depression and stress can provoke heightened inflammation [17,18] and gut leakiness [19,20].What are the mental symptoms of leaky gut? ›
Chronic inflammation caused by a leaky gut may result in psychiatric symptoms like anxiety and depression. During periods of stress or inflammation, tryptophan, a building block for serotonin production, can be converted into kynurenic acid via the kynurenine pathway.What is the most important supplement for the brain? ›
Vitamin B1, or thiamin, is crucial for the basic function of our cells and the metabolism of nutrients for energy. The brain is one of the most metabolically active organs in your body, which means it needs the support of thiamin to prevent the deficiencies that can lead to neurological problems down the line.What is the vitamin that can fix brain fog? ›
Vitamin D can improve brain health, reducing symptoms of brain fog. The brain treats vitamin D as an antioxidant, leading to improved cognitive function, more melatonin production, and hormone control.What causes inflammation of the brain itself? ›
Encephalitis (en-sef-uh-LIE-tis) is inflammation of the brain. There are several causes, including viral infection, autoimmune inflammation, bacterial infection, insect bites and others. Sometimes there is no known cause.What is the number one supplement for inflammation? ›
1. Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids , which are abundant in fatty fish such as salmon or tuna, are among the most potent anti-inflammatory supplements. These supplements may help fight several types of inflammation, including vascular inflammation.What vitamin is best for inflammation? ›
Vitamin C. Vitamin C, like vitamin D, is an essential vitamin that plays a huge role in immunity and inflammation. It's a powerful antioxidant, so it can reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals that cause oxidative damage to your cells ( 55 ).
What foods cause neuroinflammation? ›
- Red meat and processed meats, including bacon, hot dogs, lunch meats and cured meats.
- Refined grains, including white bread, white rice, pasta and breakfast cereals.
- Snack foods, including chips, cookies, crackers and pastries.
- Sodas and other sweetened drinks.
- Fried foods.
The best vitamin for the brain, which you can also obtain from eating fish, is omega-3 fatty acids. They have been found to improve cognition and recovery of neurons after brain injury. Look for these in foods like flaxseed, salmon, soybeans, walnuts, and chia seeds.Can fluid on the brain go away by itself? ›
It does not go away on its own and needs special treatment. Hydrocephalus is due to the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the cavities deep within the brain. These cavities are called ventricles.How long can you live with fluid on the brain? ›
While some people can go 20 years or more without a complication, with a complex condition like hydrocephalus, things can change quickly therefore it's critical to be prepared.Does sleep reduce brain inflammation? ›
In the deepest sleep phases, cerebrospinal fluid rushes through the brain, sweeping away beta-amyloid protein linked to brain cell damage. Without a good night's sleep, this housecleaning process is less thorough, allowing the protein to accumulate—and inflammation to develop.Does brain inflammation affect sleep? ›
Inflammation can even affect the sleep centers in your brain, and chronic inflammation from fibromyalgia can affect the functioning of your hypothalamus, making it very difficult for you to sleep at night. Another way inflammation affects sleep is through your sleep cycles.What does melatonin do to your brain? ›
Melatonin is a hormone that your brain produces in response to darkness. It helps with the timing of your circadian rhythms (24-hour internal clock) and with sleep. Being exposed to light at night can block melatonin production.What vitamins are good for brain health? ›
When it comes to brain health, focus on the three B's : vitamins B6, B12, and B9 (folate). “These three types of B vitamins are necessary for the brain's normal functioning,” says Dr. Agarwal, “and any deficiency in them may increase the risk of memory loss and other forms of cognitive decline.”Can anxiety damage the brain? ›
Summary: Pathological anxiety and chronic stress lead to structural degeneration and impaired functioning of the hippocampus and the PFC, which may account for the increased risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and dementia.What are the first signs of brain damage? ›
- Have a headache that gets worse and does not go away.
- Experience weakness, numbness, decreased coordination, convulsions, or seizures.
- Vomit repeatedly.
- Have slurred speech or unusual behavior.
- Have one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
What are 5 diseases that affect the brain? ›
- Alzheimer's Disease.
- Brain Cancer.
- Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders.
- Mental Disorders.
- Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders.
- Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
A CT scan can quickly visualize fractures and uncover evidence of bleeding in the brain (hemorrhage), blood clots (hematomas), bruised brain tissue (contusions), and brain tissue swelling. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI uses powerful radio waves and magnets to create a detailed view of the brain.What part of the brain is most damaged by alcohol? ›
There is evidence that the frontal lobes are particularly vulnerable to alcoholism–related damage, and the brain changes in these areas are most prominent as alcoholics age (Oscar–Berman 2000; Pfefferbaum et al.What kind of brain damage does alcoholism cause? ›
Alcohol makes it harder for the brain areas controlling balance, memory, speech, and judgment to do their jobs, resulting in a higher likelihood of injuries and other negative outcomes. Long-term heavy drinking causes alterations in the neurons, such as reductions in their size.What 3 parts of the brain are affected by alcohol? ›
They include: The Cerebral Cortex: In charge of judgment and reasoning. The Cerebellum: Responsible for balance and coordination. The Hypothalamus: Regulates appetite, temperature, pain, and emotions.Does dairy cross the blood-brain barrier? ›
In order to reach the brain, milk peptides have to resist proteolytic degradation in the gastrointestinal tract, cross the gastrointestinal barrier and later cross the highly selective blood–brain barrier (BBB).What direct cause would results in the leaky blood-brain barrier? ›
Moreover, the blood–brain barrier may become 'leaky' in select neurological diseases that have an immunologic component, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) [46,47], Alzheimer's disease, brain trauma, edema, brain cancers , amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, meningitis , and systemic diseases such as liver failure  ...What food passes the blood-brain barrier? ›
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It's been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it can directly enter the brain and benefit our brain cells. It's a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.What diseases are associated with leaky gut? ›
Some studies show that leaky gut may be associated with other autoimmune diseases (lupus, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis), chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, asthma, acne, obesity, and even mental illness.What sleeping position is linked to Alzheimer's? ›
A 2019 study published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, showed among 165 participants (45 with diagnosed neurodegenerative disease, 120 controls) a supine sleep position (on back, head at body level) for more than 2 hours per night increased the risk of dementia by almost four times (3.7 times greater).
What are 3 diseases associated with the gut that are affected by the brain gut connection? ›
Medical researchers who are studying depressive symptoms, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, pain, anxiety and other “neuro” conditions are beginning to look at what is going on in a person's guts.Can leaky gut cause neurological issues? ›
Neurological conditions related to intestinal permeability
Studies have associated 'leaky gut' with the following conditions: schizophrenia. autism spectrum disorder (ASD) bipolar disorder.
A "leaky gut" occurs when your intestinal lining becomes porous, allowing undigested foods and bacteria into the bloodstream. If left untreated, this condition can lead to chronic brain inflammation, which in turn can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.Can leaky gut cause anger? ›
It's also worth noting that these rogue LPS, bacterial sweaters, can lead to what's called cytokine sickness, an inflammatory response that can look like depression, irritability, erratic mood, anxiety, as well as chronic fatigue.What is the number one cause of leaky gut? ›
Dysbiosis, or bacterial imbalance, is a leading cause of the leaky gut syndrome. It means an imbalance between helpful and harmful species of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Poor diet, comprising proteins found in unsprouted grains, sugar, genetically-modified foods (GMO), and dairy products.What is the root cause of leaky gut? ›
The theory of leaky gut syndrome suggests that anything that injures your gut lining can lead to intestinal permeability if the injury is persistent enough. Therefore, common everyday factors such as diet and stress may cumulatively wear down your intestinal lining until it becomes permeable.What is the easiest way to tell if you have a leaky gut? ›
If your intestinal wall has been compromised, and you have leaky gut, you'll likely experience these symptoms and signs: Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Food allergies or food intolerances. Brain fog, difficulty concentrating, ADD, or ADHD.Can leaky brain be reversed? ›
Needless to say, these things are very common today, so a lot of people likely have a leaky blood-brain barrier. The good news is that even though the blood-brain barrier can break down and become leaky, it can also be fixed! You can repair it if you give it what it needs to heal.Can CSF leak affect memory? ›
The memory loss from a spinal CSF leak can be so severe that it resembles dementia. It's much more debilitating than 'brain fog'.What are symptoms of weak blood-brain barrier? ›
Although acute blood–brain barrier dysfunction can induce cerebral edema, seizures, or neuropsychiatric symptoms, epileptogenesis and cognitive decline are among the chronic effects.
How serious is a brain leak? ›
A cranial CSF leak results in a runny nose and carries a high risk of meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord, which can be fatal and requires emergency attention.What should I avoid with a CSF leak? ›
You will need to stay in bed with your head raised and avoid activities that cause pressure. These activities include coughing, vomiting, blowing your nose, and straining to have a bowel movement. Your provider may give you medicines to stop any coughing and vomiting.What is the best sleep position for CSF leak? ›
Sleep with your head slightly elevated for 7 days. Stay in a bed or chair with your head up during the day for 7 days. You may go to the restroom. No heavy lifting, bending over, or straining for 30 days.What are the long term effects of a CSF leak? ›
Possible complications of a cranial CSF leak that is left untreated include meningitis and air entering the spaces surrounding the brain (tension pneumocephalus).How do you know if you have lack of blood flow to the brain? ›
Without enough blood, the brain does not function well, resulting in lightheadedness and/or mental confusion. Lightheadedness is a sensation of dizziness or mild disorientation. People with heart failure may also experience lightheadedness as a side effect of certain medications.What does lack of blood flow to brain cause? ›
The reduced blood flow to the brain starves the cells of nutrients and quickly leads to a malfunctioning of the cells. As a part of the brain stops functioning, symptoms of a stroke occur. During a stroke, there is a core area where blood is almost completely cut off and the cells die within five minutes.What diseases cross the blood-brain barrier? ›
Blood–brain barrier dysfunction contributes to pathology in a range of neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, stroke, and epilepsy, and has also been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.