We’ve talked before about the dangers of consuming too much sugar. That’s because the average American is consuming upward of 300% above the daily recommended intake.
Fructose is a big part of this huge problem.
Last time we touched base on this topic, we dove into the inner workings of how fructose wreaks havoc on your body. Fructose can cause heart disease, liver disease, strokes, diabetes, arthritis and a whole bevy of potential health problems.
Today, the evidence against fructose grows even larger.
A new study from life scientists at University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that hundreds of genes in the brain are damaged by fructose consumption.
The research team at UCLA sequenced more than 20,000 genes in the brain. They identified more than 700 genes in the hypothalamus (the brain’s major metabolic control center) and more than 200 genes in the hippocampus (which helps regulate learning and memory) that were altered by the fructose.
The genes altered are among those that are responsible for regulating your metabolism, cell communication and inflammation.
Among the conditions that can be caused by alterations to those genes are Parkinson’s disease, depression, bipolar disorder and other brain diseases. This was according to researcher Xia Yang, who also is a member of UCLA’s Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences.
However, this is only half the reason why UCLA’s research is so important and why I chose to write about it today.
That’s because the researchers discovered a way to not only stop brain damage from fructose, but actually reverse the damage that’s already been done!
This is a very important finding for the vast majority of us.
If you’ve doing everything you can to limit your consumption of fructose now, that’s great news.
However, years and decades have gone by for many of us without knowing the adverse health effects that came along with the sugar.
The damage was done … and we had no idea it was even happening.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — one of the main Omega-3 fatty acids.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) one of the main omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in wild caught seafood, grass-fed meats, and nuts.
It’s commonly found in wild-caught seafood, grass-fed meats, eggs and nuts.
"DHA changes not just one or two genes; it seems to push the entire gene pattern back to normal, which is remarkable," wrote Xia Yang
DHA occurs naturally in the membranes of our brain cells, but not in a large enough quantity to help fight diseases.
"The brain and the body are deficient in the machinery to make DHA; it has to come through our diet," Fernando Gomez-Pinilla noted. He’s a UCLA professor of neurosurgery, integrative biology and physiology. Gomez-Pinilla is also co-senior author of the paper.
The exact mechanisms of how DHA reverses the detrimental effects of fructose need further research.
But the research team believes DHA:
Strengthens synapses in the brain …
Inhibits cell death …
Helps reconnect damaged neurons … and
Activates genes that help cope with brain damage, while turning off those that promote brain inflammation.
The solution to reverse fructose damage is pretty simple: Eat minimal amounts of fructose … satiate your sweet tooth mostly with fruits (and in moderation) … and eat adequate amounts of DHA.
As I mentioned before, the highest-DHA foods are wild-caught seafood, grass-fed meats, eggs and nuts. But seafood — especially "oily" fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines — is by far the best source.
The next-best option is a fish oil supplement high in DHA. But you really need to be careful which brand you use. That’s because cheap fish oil spoils easily and can actually end up doing more harm to you than good.
Our favorite brand is Nordic Naturals because they use a nitrogen extraction process that protects the fish oil from oxidative rancidity.
This oxygen-free manufacturing process allows them to deliver the best freshness levels on the market, an extremely fresh product and one free from heavy metals and other toxins.
We would love to hear your experiences with fructose, eliminating fructose from your diet, and incorporating fish oils by leaving a comment in the comment sections below.
Happy and Healthy Investing,