Research recently published from Boston University School of Medicine the Framingham Heart Study proves the theory that excess sugar — especially the fructose in sports drinks, flavored coffee drinks, sweet tea, fruit juices and sodas — might cause significant damage to the brain. The study found that more than 2 drinks per day were associated with 2-11 years of accelerated aging of the brain also affecting memory. Swapping out for diet drinks did not improve study results and actually found that artificial sweeteners cause even more extensive brain damage, leading to early onset of degenerative diseases like dementia.
The Herbal Pharmacist, David Foreman says most people gravitate to sugar and sugary drinks at times during the day when they feel they need to stay mentally focused or energized, but he says there are other ways we can drive energy to the brain that doesn’t shock it with sugar. Because our brain uses about 20 percent of our body’s energy, Foreman says we need to feed it the right nutrients at the right times to maintain focus, concentration and memory throughout the day and also for long-term brain health. David shared the A-B-C-D’s of best nutrients that can help feed the brain while helping halt bad sugar habits: avocados, blueberries, Cera-Q (thread from silkworm cocoons) and dark chocolate with walnuts.
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