Refined sugar consumption can cause mental illness

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Refined sugar consumption can cause mental illness

The British Journal of Psychiatry has specified an analysis of the relationship between sugar consumption and mental illness. The researchers have revealed that the high consumption of refined sugar has strong link with higher incidence of schizophrenia and depression or a cascade of physiological effects.

Refined sugar will suppresses an important growth hormone in the brain called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) for the health of neurons in the brain and its very crucial for the memory function. The consumption of refined sugar can lower BDNF levels and can exacerbate depression and schizophrenia. The study proved that the depression and schizophrenia patients have lower levels of BDNF.

The research also revealed that the diet does play a role in the incidence of mental illness. The consumption of pulses or whole grains and high consumption of starchy root vegetables may lower prevalence of schizophrenia and depression.

Refined sugar also known to increased inflammation in the body and lead to chronic inflammation that can implicated such as in arthritis, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and heart disease by disrupt immune system functioning. Its suggested to the patients with mental illness to make sugar free diets.