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4 September 2018 - Nutraingredients - Nutrition the ‘extra man’ in the sporting quest for a mental cutting edge

The mental aspect of sport is a crucial yet overlooked aspect of athletic performance, according to a performance nutritionist, who believes nutrition tweaks can aid in making match-winning decisions.


4 September 2018 - Nutraingredients - Cocoa for cognition: Study proposes how to assess what exactly in chocolate may give brains a boost

Belgian researchers propose a chocolate ‘mood pyramid’ to assess which of chocolate’s constituent compounds may affect the mood of chocolate eaters.


3 September 2018 - The Conversation - Health Check: what are nightshade vegetables and are they bad for you?

If you get your health news from certain online sources, might be led to believe a certain group of vegetables called “nightshade vegetables” are bad for you. The theory goes that veg such as tomatoes, capsicums, chilli peppers, eggplant and potatoes contain toxins designed to stop us from eating them, which are damaging to our health. The evidence, however, is flimsy at best.


3 September 2017 - DSM - Bringing hidden hunger to light with new research

Hidden hunger is a growing problem for today’s rapidly aging population – the result of micronutrient deficiencies among the elderly. A study outlining the extent of global omega-3 deficiency highlights the need for a change in public health policy to reduce the prevalence of hidden hunger.


30 August 2018 - BBC News - Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children's health, the prime minister has said.


29 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Father's diet could affect the long-term health of his offspring

New research has shown that a lack of protein in a father's diet affects sperm quality which can have a direct impact on the long-term health of their offspring.


28 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Study finds sucralose produces previously unidentified metabolites

Sucralose, a widely used artificial sweetener sold under the trade name Splenda, is metabolized in the gut, producing at least two fat-soluble compounds, according to a recent study using rats. The finding differs from the studies used to garner regulatory approval for sucralose, which reported that the substance was not broken down in the body. The new study also found that sucralose itself was found in fatty tissues of the body.


28 August 2018 - The Conversation - The hidden costs of a hangover

If you drink alcohol, it’s likely you’re familiar with some of the effects of a hangover. Headaches, nausea and fatigue are just some of the unpleasant but common experiences of the morning after the night before. But have you ever wondered how a hangover may influence your thoughts and behaviour?


27 August 2018 - Science Daily - Diet has bigger impact on emotional well-being in women than in men

Women may need a more nutrient-rich diet to support a positive emotional well-being, according to new research.


24 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - The influence of genetics on nutritional requirements

A better understanding of individual nutritional requirements will allow scientists to make more personalized nutritional recommendations, which is precisely the aim of nutrigenetics. Even though we do not know all the factors responsible for interindividual variability yet, genetics already seems to be one of the most decisive.


22 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Parents, don't panic - your picky eater is in good health

Research findings using data from the University of Bristol's Children of the 90s study should reassure parents that their fussy toddlers can grow up with a healthy height and weight. In fact, being more relaxed around eating will help your child be less choosy.


22 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Lifestyle factors linked to brain health of young adults

Researchers from the University of Oxford, in collaboration with researchers from Canada and the Universities of Bristol and London, have used advanced magnetic resonance imaging to investigate whether factors such as blood pressure, fitness, smoking and alcohol intake during young adult life are associated with changes in the blood vessels inside the brain.


22 August 2018 - Science Daily - Found: A destructive mechanism that blocks the brain from knowing when to stop eating

Researchers have uncovered a destructive mechanism at the molecular level that causes a well-known phenomenon associated with obesity: leptin resistance. They found that mice fed a high-fat diet produce an enzyme named MMP-2 that clips receptors for the hormone leptin from the surface of neuronal cells in the hypothalamus. This blocks leptin from binding to its receptors. This in turn keeps the neurons from signaling that your stomach is full and you should stop eating.


22 August 2018 - Nutraingredients - Higher omega-3s status linked to less depression in population with heart failure

A recent pilot study has linked a higher Omega 3 Index with lessened symptoms of depression in a cohort of subjects suffering from chronic heart failure.


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

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.


17 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Critical role of DHA on foetal brain development revealed

Duke-NUS researchers have found evidence that a natural form of omega-3 DHA made by the liver called Lyso-Phosphatidyl-Choline (LPC-DHA), is critical for normal foetal and infant brain development, and that primarily only one form of DHA can reach the brain through a specific "transporter."


17 August 2018 - Psychiatry Advisor - Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids May Reduce Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults

A meta-analysis conducted on 9 studies showed mixed findings on the efficacy of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFA) supplements in reducing depressive symptoms among adults over 60.


17 August 2018 - The Conversation - Exaggerated portions alongside real nutrition claims on cereal boxes may mislead consumers – new study

Eating healthy cereals in moderation can contribute to a balanced diet. However, many breakfast cereals on offer in the UK contain very high levels of sugar. In fact, based on total product weight, some are made up of more than a third of the sweet stuff.


16 August 2018 - The Conversation - Is beer good for you?

A recent Daily Mail article announced “Beer is officially good for you”. The article claimed that beer “reduces heart risk” and “improves brain health”. Much as many people might like to take this at face value, science and common sense strongly suggest that we should look at what the bold claims are actually based on.


15 August 2018 - MedicalXpress - Researchers link animosity in couples to inflammation, bacteria in bloodstream

Couples who fight nastily are more likely to suffer from leaky guts - a problem that unleashes bacteria into the blood and can drive up disease-causing inflammation, new research suggests.