Sugar spikes the release of dopamine in your brain in a similar way to cocaine or prescription opiates, so how do you stop the cravings?
04/28/2020 // S.D. Wells // Views

Just like hard drugs, namely cocaine and heroin, sugar spikes the release of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens area of your brain. Dopamine is a neurohormone and is created several different ways in the brain, especially when stimulated by drugs like cocaine, nicotine, prescription opiates, and yes, sugar. Regular sugar consumption, it has been scientifically concluded, inhibits the so-called “action” of the dopamine transporter, meaning daily sugar binging eventually reduces how much dopamine is produced and carried through pathways in your brain, including areas responsible for pleasure and reward.

3 Stages of sugar addiction: binge, withdraw, crave (rinse & repeat)

Feeling nervous, anxious, or depressed? It could be that your body just doesn’t feel like producing dopamine until you feed it more sugar. Got a headache or feeling lethargic? You could be experiencing sugar withdrawal symptoms, facilitated by sugar deprivation. Sounds like a drug addiction, huh? It’s similar. Keep reading.

In a study conducted back in 2002 at Princeton University, rats that showed sugar dependence also underwent sugar withdrawal, leading to physical problems, like anxiety, head shaking, paw tremors and teeth chattering. Other similar experiments by scientists revealed rats acting depressed, like showing helplessness behaviors, such as just floating in water they were placed in, instead of trying to escape. This gives insight to the neurochemical “underpinnings,” as the study indicates, of sugar addiction withdrawal behaviors.


Every third American is overweight, and half of those people are considered obese. There are also 80 million Americans who are pre-diabetic, and 30 million who have diabetes. Besides those who were born with diabetes, diet and lifestyle play major roles in predisposition of diabetes type 2. This is where it gets scary.

Over time, sugar consumption changes gene expressions, affecting the availability of your dopamine receptors in multiple parts of the brain, including the frontal cortex and the mid-brain. Bottom line is that sugar spikes dopamine release, which may explain why millions of people feel compelled to gorge on sweets, almost like an alcoholic feels the need to drink.

Just as the most addictive drugs in the world cause massive increases in dopamine production, binging on soda, baked goods, or simple candy leads to changes in the expression or availability of your dopamine receptors. This feeds the “binge, withdraw, crave” vicious cycle, and then round and round it goes. How can anyone escape if their brain isn’t producing or transporting enough dopamine to get happy, excited or energetic naturally?

Catapult your dopamine production and kick the sugar cravings naturally

What if you could zap those sugar cravings with the right superfood supplements? What if you could help catapult your own dopamine production with a natural remedy that comes from a bean that grows in tropical places and is sold in supplements? Part of the problem is that not only are your dopamine production levels dependent on artificial stimulation, but your central nervous system could be shot too.

Most processed sugar (white) is genetically modified and comes from genetically engineered corn, meaning it contains chemical-based pesticides, including glyphosate. This adds to a general feeling of imbalance, nervousness, anxiety and depression. That’s why health enthusiasts always look to satisfy their sweet-tooth with treats that use natural sweet fruits (and limit their intake too). It’s all about informed choices, responsible actions and moderation.

Still, if you’re hooked on sugar, you may want to check out a unique blend of supplements that kicks sugar cravings, with mucuna pruriens which boosts dopamine, while helping to balance your central nervous system with vitamin B-12 (as methylcobalamin – the most bio-available form). It’s sold as a 2.5 ounce liquid “shot” called Krave Kicker and kicks cravings for sugar and nicotine, naturally. That's why it's always smart to seek out natural remedies.

Tune your internet dial to and find out more about natural remedies for cravings, anxiety, depression, energy, motivation and more.

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