The food we eat can highly affect our minds and bodies. You would probably be surprised to know how many food ingredients are associated with cognitive disorders, such as dementia.
Many people believe that dementia is a disease that accompanies old age, unlike popular belief, dementia isn’t a specific condition but rather a general term that encircles several cognitive impairments in communication, thinking, and memory.
It’s no wonder that food can alter your brain. What comes as a surprise, however, is the specific food ingredients that can severely damage your brain and that are still widely used in various products.
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1. Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) are Linked to Plaque Buildup in Brain
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs), or glycotoxins, are proteins that have converted into glycated through sugars exposure. The foods that are cooked at high temperature, including meats and fries, can produce AGEs. These dangerous compounds have been associated with diabetes and hypertension. Moreover, recent research found that AGEs are also linked to dementia.
High levels of AGEs may lead to amyloid plaques, protein pieces that are typical features of dementia, to accumulate in your brain. According to a study published in journal PNAS and other health pages, the consumption of glycotoxins caused dementia in mice. Moreover, the researchers concluded that the cognitive decline in mice was not associated with age.
2. High Amounts of Aluminium are
Toxic to Brain Tissue
Aluminum is a food additive that can be found in nearly everything, including milk formulas, cake mixes, and cheese. Unfortunately, the human body wasn’t designed to ingest aluminum. It’s also linked to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, it’s unknown if there’s a certain amount of aluminum that can be safe to ingest (if there’s any).
This toxic heavy metal is considered as a dangerous neurotoxin. It is similar to a drug that directly affects your nervous system. It was scientifically proven that toxic metals cause damage to brain tissues. Well, a diet high in aluminum would have the same negative effects on the health of your brain.
3. Artificial Sweetener Aspartame is Linked to Neurological Complications
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is commonly used as a sugar substitute in diet beverages, cereals, and yogurts. However, this doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
Although all the artificial sugar products can be very risky, aspartame is particularly controversial. In fact, this artificial sweetener has been associated with serious health problems, including seizures, brain tumors, and dementia. The most dangerous ingredient in aspartame is methanol, which is a harmful toxin that can lead to neurological complications.
4. Fluoride Increases Brain Decay
Several America municipalities add fluoride in drinking water to help decrease tooth decay. Fluoride actually works well on the surface of teeth, but things change once you ingest it. Despite its formal use to improve public health, this chemical has been linked to many health problems, including dementia.
Researched from Charles University in the Czech Republic have exposed rats to the same quantity of fluoride in the public drinking water, and the result was the formation of amyloid, the plaque that proliferates brains ridden with Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, according to other studies, water fluoridation damages the brain and is linked to lower IQ in kids.
5. Long-term Mercury Exposure is
Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease
Many vaccines contain mercury, and so do many foods and ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup, rice, and salmon. Just like other toxins, according to research, long-term exposure to mercury may lead to Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in humans.
According to another study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other health pages, mercury exposure is liked to behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Even though researchers couldn’t find clear proof that mercury exposure can directly cause this scary disease in humans, the study’s results should still be taken seriously.
6. Artificial Flavoring Diacetyl is
Junk for the Brain
Diacetyl is an artificial flavoring commonly used in popcorn butter and has been associated with dementia. Diacetyl can also be found in beer, baked goods, and snack foods. In fact, several companies have banned the use of this artificial flavoring due to its serious health risks.
Similar to other noxious ingredients linked to dementia, diacetyl has been shown to generate the protein amyloid that’s linked to Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, other research found that diacetyl disturbs the production of glyoxalase I, which is a detoxifying protein that keeps amyloids from sticking to one another.
7. Food Preservative Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Accelerates Cognitive Decline
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer and preservative used in almost all food products. Similar to diacetyl, it also can cause several health problems, including the increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
MSG is an excitotoxin, which means that it can cause your brain cells to fire out of control. This can severely worsen existing cognitive disorders, such as Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Soy Tofu Can Impair Memory
Soy products, such as tofu, are widely regarded as a healthier alternative to meat. But most people don’t realize that not all soy products are created equal, eventually, not all of them can be considered healthy.
According to a study published in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders and other top health pages, increased tofu consumption has been associated with worsening memory, while consuming large amounts of Tempe, a less processed soy product, can actually help improve memory.
9. Trans Fats Shrink the Brain
If you want to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, then you certainly have to avoid trans fats at all costs. Consumption of these fats has been shown to increase the risk of developing dementia as well as shrink the brain. Immense amounts can be found in multiple fast foods, processed food, and fried foods.
Trans fats restrict oxygen flow to your brain by clogging both arteries and veins. More specifically, trans fats derive your brain of the necessary chemical apolipoprotein E, which regulates the brain’s amyloids. If messed up, amyloids cause plaque formation that interferes with neuron function. The health of your brain is extremely important, so make sure to ban trans fats from your diet forever.
10. Glyphosate Herbicide Kills
Pests and Brain Cells
Glyphosate is used in Round herbicide as the primary ingredient and it’s estimated that it’s included in most processed foods. It’s actually the most commonly used herbicide on the globe. Glyphosate is meant to kill pests, but it turned out that it also kills brain cells.
When you eat something that was sprayed with glyphosate, it alters the chemistry of your body and damages your health. After lab testing, it has been shown that Roundup herbicide produced the same oxidative stress found in Alzheimer’s-linked cells.
Try to avoid glyphosate and purchase only whole organic foods. You can use this list as a reminder for which ingredients you need to avoid while grocery shopping, so you can improve and protect your memory and brain health.
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