In the last paragraph of the referenced article it states"
"This research appears to be similar to a separate body of work that
has shown that with as few as 11 hours of mindful meditation, the white matter
of the brain that aspartame destroys, can begin to grow back."
Here's an excellent article by Mercola on how aspartame destroys brain
cells. Of course aspartame is found in everything as a substitute for
Consuming a lot of aspartame may inhibit the ability of enzymes in your brain to
function normally, according to a new review by scientists from the University
of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo.
The review found that high doses of the sweetener may lead to neurodegeneration.
It has also previously been found that aspartame consumption can cause
neurological and behavioral disturbances in sensitive individuals.
Specifically, the review found a number of direct and indirect changes that
occur in your brain as a result of high consumption levels of aspartame,
The metabolism of amino acids
Protein structure and metabolism
The integrity of nucleic acids
Further, the breakdown of aspartame causes nerves to fire excessively, which can
indirectly lead to a high rate of neuron depolarisation.
Despite these growing concerns, neither the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have changed their guidelines
regarding the safety of the ingredient or intake advice.
Aspartame is a poison
that does not belong in your body, and this is not an exaggeration. Yet, this
toxic substance is consumed by over 200 million people around the world and is
found in more than 6,000 products.
Everything from soda and chewing gum to desserts, yogurt, and even some vitamins
and cough drops contain it.
When you drink, say, a can of diet soda sweetened with aspartame, what are you
REALLY consuming? Here’s a breakdown of aspartame’s three chemicals: the
amino acids aspartic acid and phenylalanine, and methanol.
1. Aspartic acid (40
percent of aspartame)
Aspartate acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain by facilitating the
transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate in your
brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into your
cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill your
The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate is why Dr.
Russell Blaylock refers to them as "excitotoxins." They
"excite" or stimulate your neural cells to death.
Now, when aspartic acid is consumed, it significantly raises your blood level of
aspartate, which leads to a high level of those neurotransmitters in certain
areas of your brain, where they slowly begin to destroy neurons.
Your brain cells could be dying right now, but you likely would not notice the
symptoms until 75 percent or more are gone. Then, chronic illnesses such as the
following, which may by caused by long-term exposure to excitatory amino acid
damage, may occur:
Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease
Memory and hearing loss
2. Phenylalanine (50
percent of aspartame)
Phenylalanine is an amino acid normally found in your brain, however people with
the genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) cannot metabolize phenylalanine. This
leads to dangerously high -- and sometimes lethal -- levels of phenylalanine in
your brain. It has been shown, though, that ingesting aspartame, especially
along with carbohydrates, can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine in your
brain even if you do not have PKU.
Even consuming aspartame one time has been found to raise your blood levels of
phenylalanine. What’s the risk of this?
Excessive levels of phenylalanine in your brain can cause the levels of
serotonin in your brain to decrease, leading to emotional disorders such as
depression. It can also cause schizophrenia or make you more susceptible to
3. Methanol (aka wood
alcohol) (10 percent of aspartame)
Methanol/wood alcohol is a deadly poison, and the absorption of methanol into
your body is sped up considerably when free methanol is ingested. Well, free
methanol is created from aspartame when it is heated to above 86 degrees
Fahrenheit (30 Centigrade). This would occur when an aspartame-containing
product is improperly stored (in the sun, for instance) or when it is heated,
such as part of a "food" product like Jello.
Meanwhile, methanol breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde -- a deadly
neurotoxin -- in your body.
Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that methanol
"is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion once it
is absorbed. In the body, methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde and formic acid;
both of these metabolites are toxic."
They recommend a limit of consumption of 7.8 mg/day, but a one-liter
aspartame-sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg of methanol. Heavy users of
aspartame-containing products consume as much as 250 mg of methanol daily -- or
32 times the EPA limit!
The symptoms of methanol poisoning are numerous and varied. They include:
Headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness
Nausea and gastrointestinal disturbances
Weakness, numbness and shooting pains in your extremities
Do You STILL Believe
Aspartame is Safe?
I could literally go on for days about the many problems plaguing this
artificial sweetener; both the dangers it poses to your health and the blatant
greed and manipulation that got it on the market.
That is why I spent years researching and writing Sweet Deception. It is the
most comprehensive book on the market addressing this issue, and if you or your
loved ones drink diet beverages or eat diet foods, please read it sooner rather
I also highly recommend watching Sweet Misery, which is part documentary, part
detective story that sheds much-needed light on the controversy surrounding
Folks, aspartame is not your friend. It is actually responsible for 80-85
percent of the food complaints registered with the FDA!
Aside from the damage it can do to your brain, aspartame can cause cancer. One
well-controlled, peer-reviewed, SEVEN-year study even found that as little as 20
mg per day can cause cancer in humans.
One 12-ounce diet soda contains about 180 mg of aspartame, so you do the math on
If you have NutraSweet or Equal packets in your home, I urge you to get rid of
them. About the only good use for them I’ve heard about is using them to kill
ants in your kitchen.
And if you’re consuming diet foods or drinks of any kind, toss those as well.
Your health will be much better off for it.
If you find you’re still having sweet cravings or are having a hard time
giving up your diet soda, Turbo Tapping is a simple tool to help you get rid of
your soda addiction in a short period of time. And in the case of aspartame,
getting it out of your diet can’t come fast enough.
If you have experienced a reaction to any aspartame product, report it by
calling the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.