Brain Health: The Relation Between Omega-3 and Blood Sugar

destacada-omega3A recent UCLA study is the first to show how a diet high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning- and how DHA omega-3 fatty acids can help counteract the disruption.(*)

UCLA researcher Fernando Gomez-Pinilla stated that “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alerts your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids top your meals can help minimize the damage.”

“DHA is essential for synaptic funtion- brain cells ability to transmit signals to one another,” Gomez-Pinilla said. “This is the mechanism that makes learning and memory possible. Our bodies can’t produce enough DHA, so it must be supplemented through our diet.”

The results are specially relevant, given that the US Department of Agriculture reports that the average American consumes roughly 47  lbs of sugar cane and 35 lbs of high fructose corn syrup per year. That’s 85 lbs of simple sugars every year, which is the equivalent of about 3,200 glazed donuts- about 160 times the amount of donuts shown in the picture to the right!>>

(*) R. Agrawal, F gomez-Pinilla, "Metabolic syndrome in the brain: deficiency in omega-3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signalling and cognition," The Journal of Physiology, vol. 590, p. 2485-2499, 15 May 2012.

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