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Aspartame: The Deadly Risk
Aspartame is linked to hundreds of health issues such as weight gain, brain damage, and in extreme cases cancer.
What Is Aspartame?
According to the manufacturers, aspartame is a naturally made of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein which help build muscle, brain functionality, and much more. Aspartame is about 90 percent natural amino acids, but they are bonded by an unhealthy compound known as methyl ester, which comprises 10 percent
Over the course of digestion the methyl ester releases methanol. The problem with methanol is that it passes into your brain and is converted into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is extremely bad for our bodies and creates damage directly to the brain.
Methanol is only toxic to human beings, which can affect the myelin tissue, which is the insulating material surrounding our nerves that allows signals to travel properly throughout the body. This can create a multiple of health risks such as migraines, nerve damage, visual disruption, fatigue, heat sensitivity, cognitive disruption, and memory loss.
Stressing Out The Brain
Stress in our brains can be defined as “the state in which damaging free radicals outnumber your antioxidant defenses.” Brain stress or oxidative stress, tends to lead to tissue and organ damage throughout the body.
For example, a study investigated the effects of aspartame on the antioxidant defense. Rats were given high amounts of artificial sweetener which resulted in lower immunity, as well as oxidative stress. The oxidative stress was believed to induce a high amount of damage to the entire body of the rats.
In the study, the artificial sweetener also lowered glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the brain from free radical linked to disease and the aging process.
The amino acid, aspartic acid, is able to cross your blood-brain barrier causing methanol to hit directly in the brain. An excessive amount of aspartame can slowly destroy neurons, which may lead to chronic illnesses such as:
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Memory Loss
- Hormonal Problems
- Hearing Loss
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Brain Lesions
- Neuroendocrine Disorders