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A Little Sugar Each Day Could Keep Your Memory Sharp A Little Sugar Each Day Could Keep Your Memory Sharp

A Little Sugar Each Day Could Keep Your Memory Sharp

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Although the more health conscious among us may have ditched sugar for good, there are benefits to the carbohydrate. A new study reveals that just a little sugar can have slight brain benefits, especially in older consumers.

Scientists studied the effects of just a small amount of sugar on the brains of people of all ages, grouping study participants into two groups. The first group was between the ages of 18 and 27, while the second group was aged 65-87. Participants were given either a glucose drink or a placebo, then asked to perform a series of memory tasks.

The study showed that after drinking a small amount of sugar, cognitive activity improved across all age groups. For older participants, though, the sugar drink also improved their memory, mood, and concentration. Perhaps most interestingly, study participants who showed improvements said they didn’t feel as though they were working any harder.

Although the brains of younger participants were more active after the sugar boost, their moods and memory performance didn’t improve. The results are notable because scientists already believe that working the brain on various tasks is important to preventing cognitive decline as a person ages. Sugar could be just the motivator elderly consumers need to keep their memories sharp.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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