Last week, In Part One
I introduced the two ingredients that are at the top of my Don’t Eat List. This week, in part two and three of a total five, I’m going to go over how and why vegetable oils are your brain’s worst enemy. As a brain killer, Vegetable oils promote brain disorders both directly and indirectly by impacting the gut, lipoproteins, arteries, white blood cells, the nerve architecture of our cells, and gene replication (genetic expression). Vegetable oils know your weaknesses and will take every opportunity to degrade your brain’s cognitive function.
7 Strategies that Vegetable Oils use to Attack the Brain Both Directly and Indirectly
Attacking the Gut
Disarming the Brains antioxidant defense system
Gets the body to turn on itself (counterintelligence)
Impairs the ability of blood flow to the brain
Adds fuel to the slow-burning fire of oxidative stress (inflammation)
Cause the breakdown of Microtubules (subcellular highways)
Cause and/or increase susceptibility of developing “de novo” mutations
How do Vegetable Oils Affect Brain Function by Attacking the Gut? (1st Strategy)
There are two methods by which vegetable oil can do this. First, when these vegetable oils reach the stomach and interact with stomach acid they incite oxidative reactions. This leads to the formation of oxidized fats that cause damage to the stomach lining. Damage to stomach lining leads to a leaky gut and inflammation throughout the body, including the brain. Brain inflammation is associated with virtually all types of mental illness.1 Secondly, when these vegetable oils reach the gut they disrupt the gut microbiota. Research has shown that the health of our microbiome has a direct effect on your ability to learn, your memory and executive function, and your own ability to view your circumstances.2,3,4,5
Depletion of Protective Antioxidants (2nd Strategy)
Of all the organs in the body, the brain is the most reliant upon a steady flow of fresh antioxidants to defend against oxidative stress. Vegetable oils can deplete your brain of its vital antioxidants; therefore, they compromise the brain’s most important defense mechanism. This is because of oxidative reactions, caused by oxidized vegetable oils, transform PUFAs into dangerous free radicals. These free radicals need to be dealt with or severe health consequences will ensue.6 This is where antioxidant enzymes, which directly catch and neutralize free radicals, step in as the bodies first line of defense. When there is too many of these free radicals being created within the body, the bodies storage of antioxidants become depleted. Thus, our brains most important defense mechanism is weakened.
Vegetable Oils can cause the Body to Turn on Itself, aka provide Counterintelligence (3rd Strategy)
I want you to consider that our gastrointestinal system houses approximately 70% of our entire immune system. Our guts immune system sees more foreign substances – from food, bacteria, and viruses – in a day than the systemic immune system will ever see. The gut immune system needs to be able to ignore most of them. Immune tolerance is the term used to describe this ability to ignore life-threatening agents. Lately, our immune systems have become increasingly intolerant as a 2008 CDC report7 shows that multiple allergies are on the rise, especially in children. Why would that be? As mentioned earlier, vegetable oils cause inflammation in the gut. This inflammation confuses our guts immune system, particularly our bodies main defense against pathogens – white blood cells. Confusion leads to our white blood cells mounting an attack on substances that resemble pathogens but are not pathogenic in any way, such as gluten.
Impairing the Ability of Blood Flow to the Brain (4th Strategy)
Antioxidant depletion in the brain can impair the ability of your brain’s ability to increase blood flow on demand, a process dependent upon normal endothelial function. By limiting blood flow, vegetable oils cut off supplies to the most active regions of the brain. More simply put, whatever mental task you may be trying to accomplish, you may not be able to keep up. If your body is healthy, normally the brain can tell the body to increase blood flow to the brain without increasing heart rate or blood pressure. By selectively dilating arteries in the tissues working the hardest, as seen with muscles during physical activity. Nitric oxide is a molecule that sends a message to the muscles surrounding arteries to slacken, thus permitting dilation.8 How do vegetable oils enter the picture? Antioxidant enzymes that support endothelial function by reducing oxidative stress also, in doing so, protect nitric oxide (NO).9 As we now know oxidative stresses (free radicals) can deplete antioxidant reserves and since antioxidants protect NO molecules, these molecules are left unprotected. This is very likely to interfere with endothelial function and multiple studies back this up by reporting that a kind of diet-induced arterial aging follows vegetable oil consumption.10,11