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The brain is extremely sensitive to free radical damage, hyper-immune responses, poor circulation and blood sugar imbalances. Individuals with chronic inflammatory stress, arterial restriction and faulty blood sugar balance will have trouble with memory and brain fog. Over time these individuals will experience significant degenerative changes in their brain.
Three of the major chemical stressors for the brain include gluten, unfermented soy and blood sugar imbalances. To have a healthy brain you must remove gluten and unfermented soy from your diet. You must also stabilize your blood sugar and avoid high levels of fructose consumption.
Gluten consumption inflames the brain
Gluten is a common protein found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, and spelt. According to gluten researcher Kenneth Fine, up to 81 percent of our society has a gluten allergy. When exposed to gluten the body has differing degrees of inflammatory responses. Some individuals have mild inflammatory reactions while others have severe reactions.
The most vulnerable tissue to the inflammatory cascade in response to gluten is the brain and nervous system. The immune molecules that are secreted (cytokines) destroy brain tissue and cause massive neurological damage. The most common symptoms associated with this reaction are brain fog, memory problems and mental fatigue.
Soy depletes energy driving enzymes in the brain
One of soy’s primary isoflavones, genistein, has been shown to inhibit the enzyme tyrosine kinase in the brain. The highest amounts of tyrosine kinases are found in the hippocampus, a brain region that is essential to learning and memory. High soy consumption actually blocks this mechanism of memory formation.
Several studies have associated high intakes of tofu and other unfermented soy products to increased risk of dementia and cognitive impairments. Fermented soy products such as tempeh and miso are actually associated with greater cognitive abilities. Researchers hypothesize that this is due to the deep fermentation process removing enzyme inhibitors and phytoestrogens. In addition, this process increases folate, which is a critical nutrient for brain and nervous system function.
Blood sugar imbalances starve the brain
The brain depends on a continual supply of glucose for energy. A 2003 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people’s memory is harmed by poor blood sugar metabolism. The slower the sugar metabolism in the body, the less fuel is available for the brain to store memories. Stable blood sugar levels are critical for healthy brain and neuronal cells that fire quickly and efficiently.
Abnormal blood sugar levels also cause neuronal damage and weaken the protective blood-brain barrier. This makes for easy passage of different toxins and other particles that will disrupt brain function.
A mechanism for Alzheimer’s disease is that of poor blood sugar metabolism. This pre-diabetic disorder opens the door in the blood brain barrier for toxic aluminum particles to cross-over and accumulate in the sensitive regions of the temporal lobe.
Fructose is toxic for the brain
Fructose is a form of sugar that has also been shown to be highly toxic to brain tissue. Fructose is the most common sugar found in fruit as well as processed foods. The brain runs off of glucose but has trouble processing fructose. Fructose causes cellular inflammation that damages insulin receptors and distorts blood sugar signaling.
A study conducted at UCLA showed that rats fed a diet high in fructose performed significantly worse than control groups and glucose fed rats in their ability to navigate a maze. Other research has shown that fructose distorts the brain’s energy metabolism in areas of the hippocampus that are related with memory consolidation. Thus, the assumption has been made that high fructose consumption is related to memory loss and dementia.
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