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Lab rat study suggests fructose hampers brain injury healing

While recovering from a concussion or more serious brain injury, at some point most of us might crave an ice cream sundae or other sweet treat. After such a trauma, it is natural to want to enjoy a favorite dessert, for those of us with a sweet tooth.

But having a pint of rocky road may make things worse by slowing the healing process, according to a new university study. Researchers believe that high-fructose corn syrup, the sweetener that is in virtually every processed food, interferes with the brain’s ability to repair itself after an injury.

Researchers tested the effects of high-fructose corn syrup on lab rat brains. In the first phase of the test, the rats were all given rat chow and trained to escape a maze. Next, some of the rats were fed water with fructose in it, while the rest were given regular water.

After several weeks, the researchers were given brain injuries similar to ones experienced by many human victims. Six weeks later, the rats were put back in the maze. The study says that the rats who had eaten the fructose-heavy diet took an average of 30 percent longer to find the exit than the ones that drank plain water.

Researchers believe that the fructose disrupted brain “plasticity,” the brain’s ability to create new pathways between brain cells that allows it to retain knowledge. A brain that has suffered an injury especially needs plasticity, as the victim relearns basic functions.

Fructose has already been linked to health problems like cancer, diabetes and obesity. A possible impact on the brain would be yet another reason to limit it in your diet.

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