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Sugar + Your Memory

Memory loss is on the rise–and it’s probably triggered by your diet.

Research shows that eating a high-sugar diet doesn’t just raise our risk of obesity; over time, it can make our brains work less efficiently. The result? A more sluggish, less responsive brain.

That’s bad news, especially considering our brains naturally slow down as we age. Eating a high-sugar diet could compound these effects for older adults and seniors.

The findings were reported in the Journal of Physiology, where it examined rats fed fructose or a combination of flaxseed oil and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). They ran through a maze twice per day to gauge their cognition before given each diet.

Six weeks later, the rats given the fructose diet performed poorly–a sign their brains had slowed down. However, the rats in the other group performed optimally, due to the effects of flaxseed oil and DHA on cognition.

Bottom line? If you want a sharper, younger brain, cut out the sugar. Eating foods containing added sugars could cause cognitive decline.


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