Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential human nutrients, yet consuming too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Today, Americans consume 10 to 15 grams of omega-6 for every gram of omega-3.
The functional gut microbiome provides an exciting new therapeutic target for treating psychiatric disorders. A timely new review article presents innovative methods for studying and intervening in gut microbiome composition and activity to treat mental illness and maintain mental health.
Iodine intakes are most likely to be insufficient among vegans, according to a new study published in Nutrients, which examined the iodine status of different Norwegian population groups.
People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018.
Vitamin D can't be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. In addition, Vitamin D supplements can increase a person's calcium and phosphate levels even while they remain Vitamin D deficient.
Recent research in the UK has shown that university students have a limited understanding of mental health issues and are hesitant to seek support. Administrators have noted the high prevalence of poor mental health and low levels of mental health literacy of students. One recent survey found that 43% of academic staff exhibited symptoms of at least a mild mental disorder too.
Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.
A child's growth and development is affected by the health and lifestyles of their parents before pregnancy -- even going back to adolescence -- according to a new paper.
Researchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease.
Researchers in Tasmania say they have found evidence of a biological link between diet and depression, via a study that analysed associations between diet, BMI, inflammatory markers, and mental health in adolescents.
A diet rich in saturated fat and sugar not only leads to obesity, it creates inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that controls mood and the feeling of reward. And this inflammation can lead to depressive, anxious and compulsive behavior and disrupt metabolism,according to a new study.
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women could pre-program babies to grow into obese children and adults, according to a Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study.
Our diet has a huge effect on our brain and our mental wellbeing, even protecting against dementia. So, what should be on the menu?
“Even as a GP with many years’ experience, I still feel uncomfortable about talking to patients about nutrition. It can be confusing which sources of information to trust”
Maternal prenatal and early childhood intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and fructose is associated with current asthma in mid-childhood, regardless of adiposity, according to a study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
Could screening and management of lipid profiles during pregnancy help prevent ADHD? Findings from a large, multicentre team associated with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore seem to suggest so.
In generally healthy older men, slightly lower sodium levels in the blood were related to both cognitive impairment and declines in cognitive function over time. Additional studies are needed to determine whether correction of lower serum sodium may influence cognition in older adults.
"In conclusion, this experiment indicates that Omega-3 administration has beneficial effects in reducing aggression among the general population."
Princeton University researchers report that in mice, fructose, a sugar found in fruit, is processed mainly in the small intestine, not in the liver as had previously been suspected.
The consumption of probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics can improve cognitive function in obese and insulin-resistant individuals by manipulating the gut, say researchers in Thailand.