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In-depth review reveals dietary lipid intervention as potential strategy to prevent brain aging

As the global burden of aging-related brain diseases, particularly dementia, continues to rise, this research offers promising insights into potential nutritional interventions that could improve brain function during aging.

Saturated fat may interfere with creating memories in the aged brain - while omega-3 are protective

New research hints at a few ways fatty foods affect cells in the brain, a finding that could help explain the link between a high-fat diet and impaired memory—especially as we age.

Autistic individuals have increased risk of chronic physical health conditions across the whole body

"We are aware of the risks of mental health conditions in autistic people, but this new research identifies their risks of physical health conditions too. We need to urgently re-evaluate current health care systems to improve support for autistic people."

Ultra-processed food linked to higher risk of depression, research finds

This is the first large study to suggest that consuming ultra-processed foods and drinks, particularly those that include artificial sweeteners, could increase the instance of depression

Ignorance to sex differences may explain why nutrition interventions fail in research

The authors note that to enhance the effectiveness of dietary recommendations and treatments, future research should consistently include both men and women in their studies.

Omega-3 supplementation during pregnancy reduces infant risks for food allergy

Maternal omega-3 supplementation had significant effects on egg and peanut sensitisation among infants.

A quarter of people are undoing the benefits of healthy meals by unhealthy snacking, research finds

"Considering 95% of us snack, and that nearly a quarter of our calories come from snacks, swapping unhealthy snacks such as cookies, crisps and cakes to healthy snacks like fruit and nuts is a really simple way to improve your health."

Anaemia afflicts nearly 1 in 4 people worldwide, but there are practical strategies for reducing it

Anaemia can inhibit brain development and fine motor skills in children and heighten the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, dementia and other chronic illnesses in older adults.

Poor metabolic health could increase risk of developing dementia later in life

"Our study findings suggest that early identification and management of metabolic syndrome could potentially reduce risk of developing dementia later in life..."

Anxiety: A Metabolic Disorder?

The most basic symptoms of anxiety may relate to energy use, and the most direct treatment may be dietary.

Fats found in breastmilk may provide answers to why breast is best

There are marked differences between the lipidomes of human milk, infant formula, and animal milk, with notable distinctions between ether lipids that are reflected in the infant plasma lipidome.

Study demonstrates adding complex component of milk to infant formula confers long-term cognitive benefits

Feeding infants formula supplemented with MFGM and lactoferrin for 12 months raised IQ by 5 points at 5 ½ years of age.

Replacing saturated fat and salt with herbs/spices is both tasty and healthy

Using herbs/spices to enhance the flavour of commonly consumed foods reformulated to be lower in over consumed dietary components is an acceptable strategy and has the potential to lower intake of saturated fat and sodium.

Getting the most health benefits from fruit smoothies: Researchers find adding a banana decreases level of flavanols

"This highlights how food preparation and combinations can affect the absorption of dietary compounds in foods."

Eating emulsifiers during pregnancy and lactation linked to health risks in mouse offspring

"Maternal consumption of emulsifiers may affect offspring health, promoting mild metabolic disarrangements, anxiety-like states and cognitive impairments."

FAB WEBINAR - Feeding Humanity: The Key Role of Nutrition in the Mental Health Crisis

A FAB Research Live Webinar and Q&A session - with Professor Michael A Crawford PhD, FRSB, FRCPath

Culinary medicine: Dietary approaches to chronic disease

Culinary medicine programs can be implemented as patient care interventions or experiential nutrition education for students, medical trainees, and health care professionals.

9 signs you have inflammation in your body. Could an anti-inflammatory diet help?

Inflammation is a major factor in the link between diet and many health conditions. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is considered safe, likely to support health and to prevent future chronic conditions.

Brains with Alzheimer's disease have subnormal levels of important dietary antioxidants

This new evidence of selective carotenoid and tocopherol deficiencies in the brains of subjects with Alzheimer's disease adds further support to the growing evidence that a greater dietary intake of carotenoids may slow cognitive decline prior to—and possibly following—a diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease.

Gut microbes are the community within you that you can't live without – how eating well can cultivate your microbial and social self

A gut-friendly approach to nutrition is important for happy and healthy communities both inside and out of your body.