‘Antidote To Fructose’ by Dr Helena Popovic published in Great Health Guide (Jan 2016). You may have heard it before and Dr Popovic is here to remind you of even more reasons to eliminate fructose from your diet. Here’s to your great health in 2017.
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NUTRITION: Antidote To Fructose
written by Dr Helena Popovic
AT last a good news story about fructose. But first another bad news story. Sorry.
Fructose has been shown to impair brain function by changing hundreds of genes in the hippocampus and hypothalamus that regulate learning, memory and metabolism. High fructose levels damage signaling between neurons, increase toxic molecules in the brain and diminish the ability to learn and remember information.
TOO MUCH FRUCTOSE HAS BEEN IMPLICATED IN ADHD & ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.
But the same UCLA scientists have found a promising antidote: consuming a diet high in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is abundant in oily fish (particularly wild but not farmed salmon, mackerel, herring, trout and sardines) and to a lesser extent in nuts (especially walnuts) seeds, flaxseed oil, whole grains and dark green, leafy vegetables. DHA appears to have the opposite effect to fructose on gene expression. In studies on rats fed both DHA and fructose, the harmful effects of fructose were largely prevented.
Researchers trained rats to escape from a maze and then randomly assigned them to one of three groups. The first group received water containing fructose equivalent to drinking one litre of soft drink per day for six weeks. The second group received ordinary water. The third group received the same amount of fructose water as the first group, together with diet rich in DHA.
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