nutrition and intelligence

Clemens Suter-Crazzolara un691cs at genius.embnet.dkfz-heidelberg.de
Fri Jan 13 05:24:38 EST 1995


> > > grenadine (=a lot of glucose, a color and a taste). It puts my brains in 
> > > a boost tempo and I could study for longer periods. I never studied 
> > > during the year so I had to study hard during the examination period. I 
> > > think the effect is mainly because of the glucose because for your 
> > > brains it is very important not to go under the 5 mM glucose level.
> > > 
> > Sounds like b***sh*t to me. Probably the placebo-effect, don't
> > you think ?
> 
> No, not at all. It is really quite clear to me. The glucose is the energy 
> and the vitamines are essential cofactors for the metabolism. Glucose 
> is very fast taken up into the blood and is the only substrate the brain 
> can metabolise. If you go under the 5 mM glucose border you will 
> start to feel dizzy and distracted and it takes some time for your 
> brains to recover.  Normally your liver takes care of the 5 mM. If it 
> reserves are not sufficient you will start to feel hungry. So, you will 
> need to eat. Everybody knows that you can't study with an empty stomach 
> nor with a full stomach. Doing this way, with the glucose, you can 
> permit to eat little to keep your intestins busy and yet you give 
> enough energy for those parts of your body that are really working while 
> you are studying: your brain. Together with the glucose you take up a lot 
> of wather which is a good carrier for the metabolites. I don't know how 
> you study, but have you ever calculated the effective 
> time per day that you were studying, without breaks or luchbreak? The 
> pure time that you are studying at your desk. In this way I could study 
> upto 16 effective hours per day. In this way information is soaked into 
> my brain. It works very good for me and for a friend with who I studied 
> together.
> It is not very scientific to call this bullshit. As a biochemist I can 
> say that it has a biochemical and fysiologic basis. 
> 
> Luc

Perhaps as a biochemist you could also cite some literature instead 
of experiments carried out on your self and 'a friend' ? Can you
exclude that the sponge-like quality of your brain towards information
isn't a placebo effect ?

clemens


exclude this isn't a placebo effect ?
> 




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