Sugar Does Damage Your Brain: The Link Between Sugar And Alzheimer’s Confirmed

March 16, 2017

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If you want to stay as lucid as possible once you reach the golden years, it might be time to completely cut the sugar out of your daily diet.

Namely, a group of scientists over at the University of Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, have recently discovered the first tangible connection between high blood sugar and Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers found a so-called molecular “tipping point” – a moment when a crucial enzyme related to inflammation response and insulin regulation gets damaged by excess glucose.

This study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, could turn out to be a major turning point in the Alzheimer’s disease research, but is also rather crucial when it comes to linking brain diseases to nutrition and diet.

Since Alzheimer’s disease impacts more than 5.5 million Americans (and an estimated 46 million people worldwide), this might be a paramount step towards curing, or at least controlling, this vicious mental disease.

The Study And The Link Between Sugar And Alzheimer’s

The scientists did a thorough research on donated brain tissue from both patients with and patients without Alzheimer’s, and found that the brains of those who were in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease had damaged enzyme MIF, the enzyme responsible for insulin regulation.

After the examination, the enzyme MIF (or Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor) was damaged through a process called glycation.

“Normally MIF would be part of the immune response to the build-up of abnormal proteins in the brain,” said Jean van den Elsen, Professor at University of Bath. “We think that because sugar damage reduces some MIF functions and completely inhibits others that this could be a tipping point that allows Alzheimer’s to develop.”

So yeah… Sugar is DEFINITELY NOT your perfect brain-food. Broccoli, on the other hand…


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