Sugar: Harmful to Your Waist, Your Liver, and Your…Brain?
You probably already know that gorging on sugar-laden treats every day isn’t the smartest diet choice. Too much sugar can lead to obesity, diabetes, and can speed up the aging process. Research by UCLA shows that regularly eating and drinking too much fructose can hurt your brain’s ability to learn and impair memory.
Fructose and the Insulin Struggle
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American packs away an astounding 80 pounds total of cane sugar and high-fructose corn syrup every year. 80 pounds! That means America is potentially full of foggy-minded, forgetful people. This may be because fructose can block insulin’s ability to manage sugar and convert it to the energy your brain needs to think and remember clearly. Since insulin can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, it may be running wild and triggering nasty reactions in your brain that make it hard to learn and cause memory loss.
By allowing fructose to have its way with your brain, you may be underperforming in all your daily activities. You could potentially work harder and learn faster at work, remember names better, and stop losing your keys everyday (okay, it’s a longshot that you’ll ever stop losing your keys). If minor changes in your diet can mean a noticeable improvement in your quality of life, that’s a pretty small commitment.
Skip Sugar or Supplement with Omega-3 to Protect Your Brain
Ideally, you should alter your diet to cut the majority of junk food, bakery sweets, and sugary drinks so that fructose doesn’t take over your brain. Focus on protein-rich foods packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and less on carbs and sugar. But if you can’t part with your chocolate addition, or your afternoon soda, studies suggest that either way you should make sure your body gets enough omega-3 fatty acids to combat the damaging effects of fructose.
Some of the best foods for getting enough omega-3 are salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed. If you’re a picky eater and would rather take an omega-3 supplement every day, make sure it not only has EPA fish oil, but also a good source of DHA. DHA helps protect that parts of your brain responsible for memory and learning.
Be a smart consumer when you’re evaluating supplements and do your own research before you buy to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Vianda offers an EPA & DHA Omega-3 supplement called Vivora. Get Vivora at ViandaLife.com.
To read more about the UCLA study on fructose, omega-3, and brain function, click here.