A new guest post by Ruddy Adam – I’m taking him very seriously. It’s worth it. 🙂
Beware! Sugar is Poison: It Damages Brain Cells, Structure, Function, and Memory
How’s your memory? You can bet that if you’re a Sugar Head your memory is not good, and it’s going to get worse if you don’t get the sugar out of your diet. It’s not easy. But it’s definitely worth the effort.
Both white and brown sugar are absolutely known to destroy cells and damage DNA in humans, two things that are almost impossible to repair. But humans, especially pre-diabetics and diabetics, insist upon pounding that poison down their throats every day they live.
Recent research shows the problem is even worse than scientists and dieticians thought, because sugar not only damages the brain in a myriad of ways; it causes large spurts of insulin to rush through your bloodstream and that damages the brain even more. And that will eventually damage the pancreas to the point that you’ll be shooting insulin into your veins. It also causes large insulin fluctuations, which cause mood swings and brain damage, which tears at the pancreas like an eagle’s claw. The results, again: the needle! I don’t know anybody who is looking forward to that.
The proper amount of insulin is imperative to brain health. In your brain, insulin helps with neuron glucose-uptake and the regulation of neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine, which are crucial for memory and learning. This is why reduced levels of insulin in your brain impairs your cognition.
Research has also shown that type 2 diabetics lose more brain volume than was originally supposed — particularly the gray matter needed for thinking clearly, functioning well, and remembering the tiniest things you need to remember to get through the day. This kind of brain shrinkage is yet another contributing factor for memory loss.
Studies have found that people with lower levels of insulin and insulin receptors in their brain often have Alzheimer’s disease. But according to recent research published in the journal Neurology, sugar and other carbohydrates disrupt your brain function even if you’re not diabetic or have any signs of dementia.
Researchers evaluated short- and long-term glucose markers in 141 healthy, non-diabetic, non-demented people. Memory tests and brain imaging were administered to assess their brain function and the actual structure of their hippocampus. As reported by Scientific American: “Higher levels on both glucose measures were associated with worse memory, as well as a smaller hippocampus and compromised hippocampal structure.” The results of high sugar intake causes memory loss and structural damage in the brain.
The researchers also found that the structural changes partially accounted for the statistical link between glucose and memory. The results of the study provide further evidence that glucose directly contributes to hippocampal shrinkage, which is the main memory area of the brain, and the area that Alzheimer’s patients show the most damage.
Take notice and question yourself. The people you know who’ve had Alzheimer’s and other serious memory problems, were they Sugar Heads? How many of them were outright diabetics? You’ll be surprised at the answers.
The findings suggest that even if you’re not diabetic or insulin resistant (and about 80 percent of Americans fall into the latter category), sugar consumption still disrupts and destroys your memory and causes other mental problems. You should also note that high blood pressure and depression drive right alongside diabetes. They are indeed Triplets.
Over the long-term, pounding down sugar, which causes up- and down-swings in insulin, contributes to the shrinking of your hippocampus, which is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. (Your hippocampus takes care of much of the formation, organization, storage, and the recall of memories.)
The authors of the study suggest that strategies aimed at lowering glucose levels even in the normal range may beneficially influence cognition in the older population, and can help prevent brain problems if started at a younger age.
Blood Sugar Levels That are Called Normal May Still Be High Enough to Cause Problems
Normally, a fasting blood sugar level between 100-125 mg/dl is diagnosed as a pre-diabetic state. A fasting blood sugar level of 90-100 is considered normal. But in addition to the featured research, other studies have also found that brain atrophy occurs even in this supposed normal blood sugar range.
A team of neurologists insists that being very strict in limiting your consumption of sugar and non-vegetable carbs is one of THE most important steps you can take to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
They cite research from the Mayo Clinic, which found that diets rich in sugary carbohydrates, such as breads and sweets and pastas, are associated with an 89 percent increased risk for dementia.
On the other hand, high-fat diets are associated with a 44 percent reduced risk for dementia. The brain needs fat, folks. Not fried and scorched fats, but fats like eggs, olive oil, moderately cooked meats, cheeses, and the like.
Sugar is extremely addictive. You’re not going to get off of it immediately, and if you’re already a diabetic you’re going to try to justify to yourself that you need those sugar shots every day. Those folks aside the rest of you should work hard on getting as much sugar out of your diet as you possibly can. It will immediately help you think better, feel better, and will definitely help your overall health.
Eggs are one of the best sources of fats you can find. Scramble them in olive oil in the morning, leave off the toast and add a banana, and you’ll start your day with a double dose of brain food that will help you all day long.
For your health: Ruddy Adam
On a side note: drink lemon water to detox and get free of all that deadly sugar.