"Glycation is like the crust on a crème brulee – proteins and sugars form this crust in your brain and in your body, damaging your tissues and creating AGEs which are implicated in inflammation, free radical damage and ageing in general. Brains with Alzheimer's have dramatically increased amounts of AGEs."
"Andrew Weil, in his book, Healthy Aging, explains that the process of glycation is like carmelization, or the browning of sugar in a pan. He says that the same thing happens in our bodies when there's enough sugar present in the blood; that the sugars bond or gum up adjacent proteins forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs), and that these deformed proteins promote inflammation."
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