Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases

April 21, 2016
Syrup contains fructose, which alters brain genes linked to many diseases, UCLA life scientists report.
Syrup contains fructose, which alters brain genes linked to many diseases, UCLA life scientists report.
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A new study from UCLA has determined a harmful link between fructose and a critical gene expression in the brain, though it can be countered by omega-3 fatty acid DHA. Xia Yang, a UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, has demonstrated in non-human models that high levels of fructose (which are common to the American diet) lead to impaired memory, whereas diets that had both fructose and DHA had results similar to the control group.

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