Research suggests that aspartame has a damaging effect on the brain. Likewise, they found that long term consumption of aspartame can disrupt neurotransmitters which will have a negative impact physiologically. In the study, scientist used lab rats to test their hypothesis. After dividing the rats into four groups, they gave three of the groups varying levels of aspartame for forty days. They collected blood samples of each subject every ten days of the experiment. The results proved their theory of increasing oxidative stress and decreasing much-needed neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. However, the effects of aspartame are dose dependent.
- Saudi Arabian scientists have been studying the affects of aspartame on the brain
- They divided rats into four groups; one a control group and the other three getting various doses of aspartame
- Results showed that, among other things, aspartame reduced normal chemical functions, such as production of seratonin and dopamine and raised the oxidative stress in the brain
“Aspartame intake also significantly reduced the levels of the brain neurotransmitters serotonin, GABA, and dopamine and increased the level of acetylcholine and norepinephrine.”