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Nutrition can play an important role in behaviour, learning and mood. Scientific evidence shows that diet is important not only for physical health, but also for optimal mental development and functioning.

The FAB website offers information on a wide range of conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, anxiety, depression and many other physical and mental issues.

The site presents clear and reliable information on the latest research for people who are interested in its practical applications.

As well as our own published papers and factsheets, we regularly trawl through the scientific press to bring you up to date information on the subject of nutrition and behavioural disorders.

FAB Research also aims to promote, support and carry out further scientific research in this area.

Latest News and Events

8 August 2018 - Nutraingredients - Nutritional psychiatry: Accessing the gut to address the brain

  • 08 Aug 2018

As evidence mounts for the existence of the gut-brain axis, nutritional psychiatry has emerged as a promising research field within the food and nutrition community.

6 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - One in 10 IBS with diarrhoea patients wish they were dead when their condition is bad

  • 06 Aug 2018

Eleven percent of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-D) patients reveal that they suffer from suicidal thinking when their condition is bad, a new study has found.

6 August 2018 - Nutraingredients - Fibre-rich foods said to reduce gut stress and ‘anxiety-like behaviour’

  • 06 Aug 2018

Evidence for the gut-brain axis’ influence was shared in new research identifying the role high-fibre foods have in reducing the effects stress has on the gut and in anxiety-like behaviour.

5 August 2018 - The Conversation - Teetotalism in midlife makes you more likely to develop dementia? What the research actually says

  • 05 Aug 2018

Imagine if someone told you that not drinking alcohol makes you more likely to develop dementia. That’s certainly a bold statement to make, but it is one that some media reports have put forward, leaving the public wondering whether taking up drinking alcohol will somehow be better for their brains.

Keep Kids Healthy

kids on bridge
Did You Know?

Calories and protein help build muscle mass, but to build brains, fats matter more - and particularly the long-chain omega-3 fats found in fish and seafood. No child’s diet is complete without these.

There’s a huge, cynical marketing machine out there determined to lose your kids in a labyrinth of sugar and nutrient-poor junk foods. Acquiring a taste for healthy food early on is a lifeline through the maze.

Related Reading

Detoxing Childhood: What parents need to know to raise happy, successful children
Sue Palmer

Immunity Foods for Healthy Kids: More Than 250 Natural Foods and Recipes to Keep Your Child's Immune System Fighting Fit
Lucy Burney

Take A Look At Related Research

02 Feb 2016 - Parents and teachers unaware of mental benefits of good childhood nutrition

03 February 2015 - American Academy of Pediatrics - Many Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals and Snack Foods Contain Too Much Salt or Sugar

New publication

Nutrition and Addiction

Nutrition and Addiction
- a handbook

Supporting recovery from food and substance misuse with nutritional and lifestyle interventions

by Martina Watts

Feeding the Brain for Life

Ageing tree
Did You Know?

You’d be forgiven for assuming that dementia was simply a flick-of-the-coin hazard of old age. But you can stack the odds in your favour by feeding your brain well.

Passing retirement age doesn’t mean retiring the brain. Keep it nourished as the years roll by, and you’ll maximise your chances of staying mentally sharp into old age.

Related Reading

Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia - 
Margaret Rayman, Katie Sharpe, Vanessa Ridland, Patsy Westcott

Smart Fats: How Dietary Fats and Oils affect Mental, Physical and Emotional Intelligence
Michael A Schmidt

Take A Look At Related Research

Jernerén et al 2015 - Brain atrophy in cognitively impaired elderly: the importance of long-chain ω-3 fatty acids and B vitamin status in a randomized controlled trial.

Mohajeri et al, 2014 - Inadequate supply of vitamins and DHA in the elderly: implications for brain aging and Alzheimer's type dementia