The study fed rats aspartame for durations of 10 - 40 days, then decapitated the rats and analyzed their brains. From the abstract, "Blood and brain tissue were collected for biochemical analysis. Biochemical analysis of brain tissue includes neurotransmitters (Acetylcholine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, ?-aminobutyric acid and serotonin). Serum for determination of lipid peroxidation (MDA), reduced glutathione and superoxide dismutase (SOD)."
The results of the study found a dose-dependent relationship between aspartame consumption and the destruction of neurotransmitters -- brain chemicals necessary for the function of neurons.
"Brain neurotransmitters levels (serotonin, GABA and dopamine) were reduced significantly compared with control," the study says. Furthermore, levels of brain antioxidants that protect brain tissue from oxidation damage -- often caused by chemical exposure -- were sharply depleted. "...[D]ata obtained showed that antioxidant activities (SOD and GSH) were reduced significantly," the study reports.
The conclusion of the study found that, "Consumption of [aspartame] for a long time increased oxidative stress in brain tissue and disruption in neurotransmitters that affect physiological functions."
The study found that serotonin levels were reduced by nearly 74% (with some margin of error) in rats that consumed 125mg of aspartame vs. rats fed no aspartame. At the same time, levels of epinephrine were substantially increased by almost 500%. Epinephrine is the "fight or flight" chemicals that's normally associated with fear, uncertainty and danger.
What these results show is absolutely stunning: Aspartame sharply reduces core neurotransmitters in the brain while aggressively increasing chemicals associated with fear and danger.
In addition, aspartame makes the brain more vulnerable to oxidative damage, meaning brain cells are more prone to damage from vaccine ingredients (Thimerosal), toxic food chemicals, pesticides or even potentially 5G wireless networks that cause the electromagnetic alteration of brain cells.
The American public, which consumes enormous quantities of aspartame, is increasingly identified as "dumbed-down" and full of fear, hatred and violence. Their brains are being altered by chemicals that turn humans into more animalistic organisms that lack higher cognitive function.
As this study shows, aspartame may be contributing to the downfall of human civilization by altering the brains of human beings, turning them into cognitively impaired, chemically-altered organisms incapable of rational behavior. It also reminds us that when it comes to food ingredients, humans are the lab rats who are routinely exposed to dangerous, toxic chemicals that have unknown long-term effects.
But they're all "approved" by the FDA, often based on fraudulent science studies provided by the chemical manufacturers themselves.
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