UCLA Study highlights the negative effects of HFCS on the Brain pathways and healing

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October 27, 2015

HFCS and Brain

Breaking news from the UCLA newsroom, published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, came as no surprise to us at FoodIdentitytheft.com. “High Fructose Diet Hampers Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury”, published online October 5, 2015 details the effects of a diet heavy with HFCS sabotaged the brains ability to heal from traumatic brain injuries and impairing one’s ability to learn new things.

Important news for TBI victims, veterans, athletes and patients diagnosed with diseases like Parkinson’s or recovering from a Stroke that our diet is a vital part of the recovery process and can either assist or impede healing progress. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million people suffer a TBI each year, resulting in 52,000 annual deaths.

The study looked at rats trained to escape a maze over a period of 5 days. They were randomly assigned to two groups one fed regular water, the other fed water laced with HFCS for 6 weeks, simulating a human diet high in HFCS. One week later the rats were anesthetized and a brief pulse of fluid to the head reproducing aspects of human traumatic brain injury. After an additional 6 weeks the researchers tested the rat’s ability to remember the maze. Those rats fed the regular water completed the maze with no problem those fed the water high in HFCS took 30% longer to find the exit.

The researchers found that: The sweetener interfered with the ability of neurons to communicate with each other, rewire connections after injury, record memories and produce enough energy to fuel basic functions. said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery and integrative biology and physiology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and a member of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center. “That’s a huge obstacle for anyone to overcome — but especially for a TBI patient, who is often struggling to relearn daily routines and how to care for himself or herself.” Gomez-Pinilla’s team was also the first to uncover the negative impact of HFCS on learning and memory.

“Our findings suggest that fructose disrupts plasticity — the creation of fresh pathways between brain cells that occurs when we learn or experience something new,” said Gomez-Pinilla, which should also be an alert to the millions of students across the world subsisting on a ‘Study’ diet of Coke and snickers bars.

According to the Department of Agriculture the average American consumes 27 pounds of HFCS per year, according to the FDA that number hovers around 63.7 pounds and other sources put the number somewhere in between. The problem is that HFCS has taken so many forms and names that it has become difficult to track including but not limited too: fructose also known as hfcs90, Polyols, Maltitol and Dextrose to plain corn syrup and Yellow Dent #2… the list grows daily. The USA is the biggest manufacturer as well as the largest importer of sweeteners in the world.

“Our take-home message can be boiled down to this: reduce fructose (HFCS) in your diet if you want to protect your brain,” Gomez-Pinilla stressed.