Banned Food STOPS ALS
If you or a loved one suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis you already know how this debilitating, progressive disease can slowly take away your ability to walk, speak, and ultimately, breathe.
And once you’re diagnosed, your life expectancy is only 2 to 5 years.
Even worse? There’s NO CURE.
But recently researchers have found a substance that shows promise for helping ALS patients improve their mobility… and extend their lives.
Here’s the catch… you’ve probably been told it’s bad for you.
You’ve heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Well, could something that’s harmful to one person’s health be lifesaving for someone else?
When it comes to sugar, the answer is YES.
By now you know that sugar can contribute to weight gain, inflammation, and immune suppression, while increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
For most of us, it’s best to just stay away.
Well glucose, a type of sugar, could be one of the BEST treatments available to date for ALS patients.
Researchers found that when they provided more glucose to the motor neurons (brain cells) of fruit flies, those brain cells lived longer and functioned better.
And when they took the glucose away, the fruit flies moved more slowly.
This strikes at the heart of ALS, since the disease causes brains cells that control voluntary movement to die off.
This was just an initial study to see if there was any merit to increasing glucose in ALS patients – and if so, what kind of impact it had on brain cells.
But clearly there was a benefit, and it correlated with a separate study showing the benefit of a high carbohydrate diet for ALS patients.
The reason for the benefit likely has to do with something ALS patients experience called hypermetabolism. These patients have a super–fast metabolism, which causes their brain cells use energy faster than they can make it.
This can lead to weakness and rapid weight loss.
What this study indicates is that providing that extra boost of energy with glucose can help the brain cells of ALS patients live longer and function better – potentially slowing the progression of the disease.