High-fructose Diet Slows Recovery from Brain Trauma

bran_scanI just came across this interesting article on head trauma recovery and the effect of sodas and other sources of HFCS.  You don’t need brain trauma to grasp the meaning of this effect on the brain…and elsewhere.

From Science Daily:

“Americans consume most of their fructose from processed foods sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery and integrative biology and physiology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “We found that processed fructose inflicts surprisingly harmful effects on the brain’s ability to repair itself after a head trauma.”

“….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, 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.”

 

Please read full article for more information at Science Daily .

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