At this time of the year we probably don't want to hear this but Christmas is the time when
we consume excess sugar, in drinks, baking, and sweets in general.
The drinking of acidic sugary beverages like soda pops may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, suggests new research. Although the exact mechanisms aren't known, the symptoms of obesity and diabetes are both associated with higher incidences of Alzheimer's.
Ling Li and her colleagues tested whether high sugar consumption in an otherwise normal diet would affect Alzheimer's progression.They used a genetic mouse model that develops Alzheimer's-like symptoms in adulthood, and over a 25 week period supplemented the regular, balanced diet of half the animals with 10% sugar water. Afterwards, they compared the metabolism, memory skills (by means of various mazes) and brain composition of the regular and sugar-fed mice.The acidic sugar-fed mice gained about 17% more weight than controls to buffer the excess acidity, had higher cholesterol levels, and developed insulin resistance. These mice also had worse learning and memory retention and their brains contained over twice as many amyloid acidic plaque deposits, an anatomical hallmark of Alzheimer's.Although the researchers were not certain if the increased mental impairment resulted specifically from the higher sugar intake or higher calories in general, these results to highlight the potential risk of ingesting any form of the acid called sugar. They note that the human equivalent of the mouse diet would be roughly 5 cans of soda pop per day, although since mice have a higher metabolism, it may actually take less sugar intake in humans.
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, at the pH MiracleLiving Center, "Alzheimer's is a direct result of dietary and metabolic acids fermenting or spoiling brain cells. Any sugar, including sucrose, fructose,maltose, dextrose, etc., have the potential to spoil or breakdown healthy cells, including brain cells leading to dementia.""The cure for dementia, including Alzheimer's is to maintain the alkaline design of the body and especially the brain. Sugar is an acidic poison that rots the brain. The breakdown products of sugar are acetylaldehyde and ethanol alcohol, two very strong nuero-toxins. If you want to have healthy blood, a healthy brain and a healthy body then you must stay away from eating or drinking any form of sugar," states Dr. Young.
Yes, it's your choice as to how much you indulge this Christmas, however, we want it to be happy for years to come!!