Earlier studies have shown that fructose adversely affects the development of diabetes, obesity, and liver problems, but that - the first study to reveal details as sugar can affect our brain. In America, the widely used high-calorie fructose corn syrup, while in Europe and Asia sucrose much less common; This study is focused on fructose.
Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrated biology and physiology at the College of UCLA said:
"Our findings illustrate that what you eat - affect the way you think ... Long-term consumption of food with high fructose adversely alter your brain's ability to learn and memorize information. But adding omega-3 (omega-3 fatty acid, or DHA) to your meal may help minimize damage ».
Dr. Gomez-Pinilla recommends to maintain a diet low in sugar and high in fatty acids. He recommends eating one gram of DHA per day and eat foods such as salmon, walnuts and flax seeds, which are rich in DHA. He concludes that:
"Our studies suggest that regular consumption of DHA protects the brain from harmful effects of fructose ... It's like saving money in the bank. You want to build a reserve for the brain to use it when necessary, additional fuel to reflect future disease ».
UCLA study funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders. The laboratory of Dr. Gomez-Pinilla is now exploring the role of diet in recovery from brain injuries.