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Oct 16th - ONLINE EVENT - Nutrition, Diet and Mental Health: Evidence-Based Approaches for the 21st Century

Hear the latest research on how nutrition and diet affect the brain, and can be used in practice to improve mental health and wellbeing


Natural compound in basil may protect against Alzheimer's disease pathology

A sensing mechanism associated with the gut microbiome explains how fenchol, a compound abundant in basil, reduces neurotoxicity in the Alzheimer's brain, according to a new study.


Nutrition in primary care yields health and economic benefits

Personalized support to eat a healthy diet provided in community-based health services was much more effective at improving a person's health than usual care, as shown in this review.


Looking to lose weight? Diet drinks might not be the sweet spot: study

For females and people with obesity drinking artificially sweetened drinks may trick the brain into feeling hungry, which may in turn result in more calories being consumed


Children's diet quality predicts their mental health and wellbeing

Children who eat more fruit and vegetables have better mental health - and missing breakfast or lunch predicts poorer mental health and wellbeing.


New research finds school children may not be consuming enough long-chain omega-3 fats

The very low consumption of long-chain omega-3 fats, and the incorrect balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in children’s diets, highlight the need for public health initiatives to address this problem in the UK


Adjusting fatty acid intake may help with mood variability in bipolar disorders

Clinical trial results showed that a diet designed to alter levels of specific fatty acids consumed by participants may help patients have less variability in their mood.


Is your child a fussy eater? Top tips to help get them back on track

Positive parenting is the best step forward for fussy eaters - no matter how difficult it can be in certain situation


Microbiome: ‘good’ gut bacteria really could help you lose weight – new study

Recent research has found that the presence of specific “good” microbes in the gut of people dieting to lose weight affected how many pounds they were able to lose.


Fruit, vegetables and exercise can make you happier

This research is the first of its kind to unravel the causation of how happiness, the consumption of fruit and vegetables and exercising are related, rather than generalizing a correlation.


'Blue food revolution' to tackle climate change and malnutrition

An unprecedented review of the aquatic foods sector has uncovered how fisheries and aquaculture can play a greater role in delivering healthy diets and more sustainable, equitable and resilient food systems around the world.


Iodine supplements needed to boost low levels in women post-pregnancy: Study

Iodine status in pregnant and post-partum women is insufficient according to a new study - it takes around 18 months before levels reach adequate levels achieved in pregnancy.


Is your body clock off-schedule? Prebiotics may help

This is one of the first studies to connect consuming prebiotics to specific bacterial changes that not only affect sleep but also the body's response to circadian rhythm disruption.


Scientists claim that overeating is not the primary cause of obesity

Could the carbohydrate-insulin model point the way to more effective, long-lasting weight management strategies?


Eating a plant rich diet reduces risk of developing COVID-19

People with the highest quality diet were around 10% less likely to develop COVID-19 than those with the lowest quality diet, and 40% less likely to fall severely ill.


Clues to brain health may lie in the gut

The gut contains sensors that rapidly send messages to the brain to help it decide what foods to eat, how well to sleep and even whether to feel pain.


Are omega-3 fatty acids prebiotic ingredients?

Omega-3s may beneficially alter the composition of the gut microbiome and lead to increases in the production of short chain fatty acids, according to a new study.


How to promote brain health?

It is important to promote brain health because almost one-third of the total disease burden in Europe relates to brain disorders. We need to have people on board so that they can make the right lifestyle choices.


Healthy diets linked to better mental health and wellbeing

This study found a link between highly processed diets, and an inflammatory blood marker called GlycA and mental wellbeing.