Think of the health benefits of vitamin D, and you’ll probably think of bone strength. For decades, diseases like osteoporosis, osteopenia, and osteomalacia have been prevented and treated with adequate vitamin D intake, among other interventions. In recent years, the evidence that vitamin D affects more than just bones has mounted; cardiovascular disease, cancers, stroke, depression, and metabolic disorders have all been linked to low vitamin D levels. A new review adds cognitive decline and dementia to that list.
With a sophisticated neural network transmitting messages from trillions of bacteria, the brain in your gut exerts a powerful influence over the one in your head, new research suggests.
Brain scans show that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day, according to researchers.
New study has uncovered a significant link between vitamin B levels and the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.
Happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, according to a new report.
A new brain study suggests an opium-like chemical may drive the urge to gorge on chocolate candy and similar fatty and sweet treats.
Mothers with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have children with slower brain development and lower mental and motor skills, warn researchers
In a four-month trial of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, some improvement was seen in children's reading scores and behavior, but only in the lowest performing students
Intake of common nutritional supplements containing amino acids could help to combat a unique form of autism, according to new research published in the journal Science.
The green tea compound epigallocatechin-3 (EGCG) provides benefits to memory and special learning by boosting the production of important neural cells, say researchers from China.
Children whose reading skills were in the lowest fifth of the normal range improved over the four months of the study
A new study by the University of Oxford has shown that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids (Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA) improved the reading and behaviour of underperforming children in mainstream primary schools. The researchers worked with children aged between seven and nine who had underperformed in standardised reading tests.
Sugar junkies take note: a calorific diet isn't just bad for your body, it may also trigger Alzheimer's disease
Being overweight is not just bad for waistlines but for brains too, say researchers who have linked obesity to declining mental performance.
The image of cereal bars as a healthy snack is a 'myth' according to a study by Which
Too many pregnant women in Scotland are not following advice to take vitamin D supplements, a study has said.
Early malnutrition can blight a child's development - and also that of their community and nation, say Anthony Lake. director of Unicef and President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania.