High Fructose Corn Syrup: Junk Food for Your Brain (But Omega-3s Are Brain Health Food!)
A new study published in the Journal of Physiology provides more evidence that high fructose corn syrup is the equivalent of “brain junk food”, while omega-3 fatty acids can be considered “brain health food.”
In a preliminary study, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles studied two groups of rats that consumed a fructose solution as drinking water for six weeks. The second group also received omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is the primary essential fatty acid in the human brain. It is crucial for synaptic function and affects numerous functions including learning and memory.
The rats were fed a standard diet and trained on a maze twice daily for five days before starting the experimental diet. The researchers tested how well the rats were able to navigate the maze, which contained numerous holes but only one exit. Placed within the maze were visual landmarks to help the rats learn and remember the way.
Six weeks later, the researchers tested the rats’ ability to recall the route and escape the maze. The results were surprising:
The group that received DHA omega-3s navigated the maze much faster than the group that did not receive omega 3s.
The DHA-deprived rats were slower and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. These animals also developed signs of resistance to insulin, which plays a key role in memory and learning. (Note that insulin is also a key regulator of blood sugar).
Although it is a preliminary, non-human study, this research suggests that eating too much fructose could block insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and story sugar for the energy required for processing thoughts and emotions. This suggests that a high-fructose diet is harmful not only for your body, but for your brain, too.
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SOURCE: 1Agrawal R, Gomez-Pinilla F. “Metabolic syndrome” in the brain: deficiency in omega-3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signaling and cognition. J Physiol. 2012 May 15;590(Pt 10):2485-99. Epub 2012 Apr 2.
Evaluating Potential Candidates
Network marketing as a full- or part-time occupation is gaining in popularity. As more and more people express their interest, there’s no shortage of potential candidates for your team. But developing and nurturing team members takes valuable time and resources. Of all the people you meet, how can you know which ones will be successful?
There’s no “perfect” prospect
The first thing to realize is that there is no such thing as the “perfect” prospect. Many successful distributors are soft-spoken, others are loud and boisterous. Some are great in a crowd, while others prefer one-to-one contact. The variations in personality are endless!
The primary characteristic that ALL successful distributors share is DESIRE—to be successful, become financially independent, or be their own boss. And the more specific a person’s desire and goals, the more committed they will be to achieving success.
Other characteristics to look for…
Here are other characteristics or qualities that are common among successful network marketers.
They are not afraid of hard work. They know that this is not a get rich quick scheme. Building a successful business takes hard work and dedication, and that the potential rewards are worth it.
They are self-starters. While they need your guidance, they don’t need you to handhold them.
They believe in the products. They personally use the products they’re promoting and can attest to the benefits. They become a product of the products.
They have a natural curiosity and desire to learn. They want to know the science behind the products and understand the laws and regulations that affect their business.
They’re willing to invest in their business. From setting aside dedicated office space to advertising their business, to attending regular training sessions, they know the time and expense is an investment that will pay dividends later.
When considering whom you want to have on your team, be sure your prospect measures up to these intangible, yet important, characteristics.