There has been a great deal of concern about how unhealthy consuming too much fructose can potentially be. Tech Times reported on April 24, 2016, specific genes in the brain are altered by fructose but omega-3 may reverse these effects. This is significant because the brain genes altered by fructose consumption may be associated with many diseases.
Mutations of genes in the brain have been found to be associated with many medical illnesses including:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Alzheimer’s diseases
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Life scientists working with the University of California, Los Angeles have discovered that genetic damage can result from regular consumption of foods which are high in fructose. These scientists have also fortunately discovered that it appears omega-3, which is also known as docosahexanoic acid (DHA), can reverse the genetic changes which are caused by fructose.
Although DHA is present in the brain cell membranes there is not enough to actually help counter the development of the diseases noted. DHA must therefore be supplemented via the diet. Xia Yang, who is the senior author and UCLA assistant professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, says it is truly a remarkable discovery that DHA can actually change an entire gene pattern to normal.
Fernando Gomez-Pinilia, who is from the UCLA’s Brain Injury Research Center, says that DHA functions via reinforcing the synapses in the brain and by enhancing memory and learning. DHA can be obtained from many types of food including:
- Wild salmon
The American diet is loaded with fructose. The Department of Agriculture estimated in 2014 that there is an average fructose consumption of 27 pounds of corn syrup with high-fructose by Americans. Many baby food items also contain the sweetener fructose. The researchers have recommended a decrease of fructose consumption. They have also advised that DHA is not a magic pill for the cure of diseases.
This research has been published in the journal EBioMedicine. It is known that nutrition plays a very significant role in the rising prevalence of metabolic and brain disorders. The association between too much fructose consumption any many diseases has been noted. The finding that DHA may help prevent the negative effects of fructose on the brain is compelling. However in view of the fact that DHA can not perform miracles there clearly must be very aggressive efforts to lower fructose intake.