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3 October 2018 - MedicalXpress - Could beetroot juice alleviate obesity-related health implications?

Beetroot juice is believed to help with cognitive function, lower blood pressure and improve stamina during exercise because of the nitrates in the vegetable that aid the body in better utilizing oxygen. A new study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is recruiting participants for a study that looks at beetroot juice components, dietary nitrate and antioxidants, and their independent effects on exercise tolerance and health benefits in individuals with obesity.

2 October 2018 - Nutraingredients - Regular omega-3 intake during pregnancy could boost baby brain and vision: Study

Women could enhance the development of their unborn child's eyesight and brain function by regularly eating omega-3 rich fatty fish during pregnancy, say researchers from Finland.

2 October 2018 - MedicalXpress - Studies show connection between diet, cognitive function

The gut and the brain are more closely connected than was ever imagined previously, and the health of one can affect the other.

1 October 2018 - MedicalXpress - More bad news for artificial sweetener users

FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sport supplements were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes, according to a new study.

1 October 2018 - Science Daily - Mediterranean diet prevents a leading cause of blindness, study suggests

Evidence is mounting that a poor diet plays an important role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the United States.

1 October 2018 - The Scientist - Maternal Obesity and Diabetes Linked to Autism in Children

Inflammation may be a strong contender for the connection between mom’s weight and children’s neurodevelopment, according to lab studies on animals.

28 September 2018 - The Conversation - Crime and nourishment – the link between food and offending behaviour

It is well known that eating a balanced diet is of vital importance for maintaining good health and well-being. It is also one of the great social pleasures of life. Yet, far too many young people in prisons are consuming a poor diet, lacking in nutrition.

25 September 2018 - MedicalXpress - Evidence that increased BMI causes lower mental wellbeing

There is an increasing need to prevent obesity because of the consequences for mental as well as physical health, new research by academics at the University of Bristol has found.

26 September 2018 - BBC - Mediterranean diet 'may help prevent depression'

Eating a Mediterranean diet may help prevent depression, research suggests. But an expert in metabolic medicine says more rigorous, targeted trials are needed to confirm evidence of the potential link.

26 September 2018 - The Conversation - Plant-rich diets may help prevent depression – new evidence

Being depressed can negatively affect your appetite and what you eat, but can bad eating habits bring your mood down? Our latest study, a systematic review of the best available evidence, found a clear link between the quality of a person’s diet and their risk of depression.

26 September 2018 - MedicalXpress - Cocoa: A tasty source of vitamin D?

Cocoa and foods containing cocoa have significant amounts of this important nutrient. According to the researchers, cocoa butter and dark chocolate have the highest amount of vitamin D2.

25 September 2018 - Science Daily - Lifestyle intervention may mitigate weight gain due to ubiquitous contaminant

A new study finds that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) - included in such items as nonstick cookware and greaseproof food packaging - are associated with increases in weight, but exercise and diet may reduce the obesogenic effects of these environmental contaminants.

25 September 2018 - MedicalXpress - Does our environment affect the genes in our brains?

Is there a link between differences in IQ test performance and the activity of certain genes? Researchers have shown that modifications in the structure of a specific gene have a negative impact on individual test performance. This suggests that environmentally induced epigenetic changes to our genetic material have a greater impact on intelligence than previously thought.

25 September 2018 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3 and vitamin B12 may improve autistic behaviours, Saudi study finds

The consumption of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids - either in combination or independently - may alleviate autistic behaviours, according to new study.

21 September 2018 - MedicalXpress - Are there health benefits to taking turmeric?

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, effectively kills certain cancer cells. While research continues on the role turmeric plays in treating cancer, there may be other health benefits to ingesting the spice.

21 September 2018 - Science Daily - Breast milk may be best for premature babies' brain development

Babies born before their due date show better brain development when fed breast milk rather than formula.

21 September 2018 - Futurity - Brain-Gut Link May Be Way Faster Than We Thought

New research with mice may upend our understanding of the connection between the gut-brain axis, as well as appetite.

21 September 2018 - The Mother and Child Foundation - Prenatal nutrition: of paramount importance

In a population of 296 mothers the red cell composition for a fatty acid – oleic acid – predicted with a confidence of 93% preterm delivery at 34 weeks and a confidence of 85% at 30 weeks. Hence this marker is also predicting risk.

20 September 2018 - MedicalXpress - Fish-rich diets may boost babies' brain development

Women could enhance the development of their unborn child's eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy. New research supports previous findings that show how important a prospective mother's diet and lifestyle choices are for the development of her baby.

20 September 2018 - MedicalXpress - Quitting junk food produces similar withdrawal-type symptoms as drug addiction

Trying to give up junk food can result in similar withdrawal-type symptoms to those of addicts attempting to quit using drugs. A new study evaluates the withdrawal symptoms people experience when giving up highly processed foods such as pastries, chips and pizza.