Aspartame and your Brain

June 20, 2010 1 Comment

 

 

Quote of the Day

“Aspartame is a poison that does not belong in your body, and this is not an exaggeration. Yet, this toxic substance is consumed by over 200 million people around the world and is found in more than 6,000 products.”

 

365 Days to a Balanced Life – Day 20

 

 

One day I may lead a campaign to ban Aspartame but I know before doing that there would have to be a major shift in thinking by the average consumer.  Unbelievably we are not even close to people accepting the reality on this one.

I am especially disturbed because I am the mother of a diabetic 21 year old son and two other teenage/ early adult, weight conscious girls.  The only thing they hear more than ” drink your water” is “don’t drink diet pop and chew sugarless gum.”  The kids and my husband respond either by smiling indulgently or rolling their eyes in exasperation.  Maybe this article will get them to take notice.

I will highlight a few points from the article to get your attention but I encourage to read both the article and the book it references.

Consuming a lot of aspartame may inhibit the ability of enzymes in your brain to function normally

The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate is why Dr. Russell Blaylock refers to them as “excitotoxins.” They “excite” or stimulate your neural cells to death.

Then, chronic illnesses such as the following, which may by caused by long-term exposure to excitatory amino acid damage, may occur:

• Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease

• Memory and hearing loss

• Hormonal problems

• Epilepsy

• AIDS

• Brain lesions

• Neuroendocrine disorders

Even consuming aspartame one time has been found to raise your blood levels of phenylalanine. What’s the risk of this?  Excessive levels of phenylalanine in your brain can cause the levels of serotonin in your brain to decrease, leading to emotional disorders such as depression. It can also cause schizophrenia or make you more susceptible to seizures

They recommend a limit of consumption of 7.8 mg/day, but a one-liter aspartame-sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg

 

Aside from the damage it can do to your brain, aspartame can cause cancer. One well-controlled, peer-reviewed, SEVEN-year study even found that as little as 20 mg per day can cause cancer in humans.

One 12-ounce diet soda contains about 180 mg of aspartame, so you do the math on that risk!

http://www.stovelesscuisine.com/docs/How_Does_Aspartame_Damage_Your_Brain.pdf

Remember, I am not a scientist or a doctor, just a concerned consumer who’s common sense tells me that all of this evidence cannot be wrong.  The big business of aspartame products will probably bring out studies saying it is not harmful.  I am not selling a product.  They are.

The alternatives to sugar or suger substitutes that I use are agave, maple syrup and honey.

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One Comments to “Aspartame and your Brain”
  1. Joanne says:

    I totally agree with this topic. In fact I don’t consume aspartame it gives me a really bad headache and has all my life.

    Great topic!

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