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Updates to the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis pathway - FREE online webinar

Professor Richard Bazinet, Ph.D. will present on "Updates to the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis pathway". 17.3.21 at 3pm (GMT) - Free registration now open.

The potential role of nutrition in delaying Mild Cognitive Impairment - FREE online event

Dr Rob Winwood, CSci FIFST, Proprietor of Winwood Bioscience, will examine what is known about the efficacy of specific nutrients, individually and in combination, in relation to delaying the onset of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Thursday 25.2.21 at 11:00am

Unraveling the Effects of Fatty Acids on Inflammation - FREE online seminar

This seminar, presented by Professor Philip Calder BSc(Hons), PhD, DPhil, RNutr, FRSB, FAfN (Bio), describes inflammation, its role in immune defense and how it is linked to many different health conditions. This presentation is available to listen to for free until the 19.3.21.

High fructose diets could cause immune system damage

This new study shows that fructose causes the immune system to become inflamed and that process produces more reactive molecules which are associated with inflammation - this could lead to disease.

Unhealthy Foods Aren’t Just Bad For You, They May Also Be Addictive

Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.

Scientists uncover early links between cardiovascular risk and brain metabolism

The report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, is important because it suggests that intervention in a modifiable condition (cardiovascular disease) could prevent the development of dementia, a disease for which there is currently no cure.

Prediabetes may be linked to worse brain health

The researchers in this study found that people with higher than normal blood sugar levels were 42% more likely to experience cognitive decline over an average of four years.

Plant-based diets can pose a risk to bone health if adequate calcium and vitamin D intakes are not ensured

When adopting an increasingly plant-based diet, it is important, in terms of bone health, to ensure adequate calcium and vitamin D intake.

Vitamin D supplementation: Possible gain in life years combined with cost savings

Three meta-analyses of clinical studies have come to the conclusion that vitamin D supplementation was associated with a reduction in the mortality rate from cancer of around 13 percent.

What happens in the mouth ... doesn't stay in the mouth

We know that what happens in the mouth doesn't stay in the mouth—but the oral cavity's connection to the rest of the body goes way beyond chewing, swallowing and digestion.

In mice, a mother’s love comes from the gut

The early postnatal months are critical to ensure proper physical and psychological development; children who are neglected during this phase can experience stunted growth as well as behavioral and learning problems.

Childhood diet has lifelong impact

"You are not only what you eat, but what you ate as a child"

Experiences of post-traumatic stress disorder linked to nutritional health

Optimal levels of dietary fibre may have some type of mental health-related protective effect. This may be due to the communication network that connects the gut and brain via short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which are metabolic byproducts of bacterial fermentation made by microbes in the human gut.

Naturally Informed Mental Wellness - FREE virtual conference

Listen to FREE On Demand content from the Naturally Informed Mental Wellness: Mastering the Market virtual conference that took place January 20-21, 2021. In the opening keynote, Dr Alex Richardson, introduces the role of nutrition in brain development and function, and how diet impacts behaviour, learning, mood and cognitive performance.

Halved risk for severe retinal disease in extremely premature infants

Risk for a severe form of retinopathy of prematurity, which can cause blindness in extremely premature babies, was halved when the newborns were given a new supplement combining various fatty acids.

Researchers demonstrate how defects in mitochondria may lead to autism spectrum disorder

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have demonstrated that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be caused by defects in the mitochondria of brain cells.

Obesity may exacerbate the effects of Alzheimer's disease, new study shows

New research from the University of Sheffield has found being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and it may exacerbate Alzheimer's disease.

FAB and Food for the Brain Online Webinar

This webinar will be available FREE of charge to FAB Associate members on 5.2.21. Join Dr Alex Richardson on a live webinar where she will present on 'The Latest Evidence and Best Practice for Dietary Approaches to Autistic Spectrum Disorders'. Thursday 28th November at 18.30-19.30 (UK time)

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids could prevent asthma

New research suggests that a higher dietary intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in childhood may reduce the risk of developing subsequent asthma, but only in children carrying a common gene variant.