Many of us are already aware of the negative effects that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can have on our health.
Many studies have connected the consumption of fructose with weight gain, liver function, diabetes risk and even the growth of cancer cells.
However, not many studies revealed the manner in which fructose impacts the brain function. But UCLA researchers decided to change that and started to analyze the behaviour of brain cells in the presence of this substance. Their findings reveal that fructose can hamper the brain function, by making you „dumb”.
The research carried out was performed at the UCLA on mice. The latter spend a few days learning how to navigate a maze. Next, some of the mice were fed with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids while others were deprived of such foods and drank a fructose solution in the place of their regular drinking water.
When they had to complete the maze again, the mice who had eaten omega-3-deficient diets were slower than the ones who ate diets rich in omega-3s. Those who drank the fructose solution instead of water were the worst-off of all when it came to their cognitive capabilities.
Perhaps most interesting was the fact that the brains of mice without omega-3s showed a decrease in synaptic activity, the means by which brain cells “talk” to one another and which is critical in learning and memory.
All these findings point out to a single thing – if you want to enhance your brain functioning, consume less high-fructose corn syrup-packed products and increase your intake of omega-3.
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