Pregnant women are not getting the essential nutrients they and their babies need from modern diets say scientists, who have warned that the situation will likely worsen as more people turn to plant-based foods.
"Whenever we get stressed or feel some threat, then it can also trigger our eating motivation. We think this molecule is the culprit."
Hint: It's not really a food at all.
Animal-based studies have demonstrated the neurological benefits of LC-PUFA supplementation, which suppress microglial activation and subsequent neuroinflammation and ROS production and elicit effects on lipid raft regulation of monoaminergic receptors and transporters.
New research is putting alcohol use during pregnancy in the spotlight, prompting calls from public health experts for ongoing investment in hard-hitting campaigns to support alcohol-free pregnancies.
Many factors influence food preferences, including age, genetics and environment. We each live in our own sensory world and no two people will have the same experience while eating.
The study highlights the distinctness of behavioural and cognitive domains, suggesting that while DHA may affect cognition, it might not be able to influence behaviour.
A team of researchers argue that vitamin supplements can help prevent secondary strokes. They also advocate for the value of new technologies in eye research to verify these findings.
"Our research uncovers a critical role of vitamin B12 in cellular reprogramming and tissue repair. These findings hold promise for regenerative medicine, with the potential to benefit patients through an improved nutrition..."
"We found that a part of the brain that is crucial for decision-making is surprisingly sensitive to the levels of hunger hormones produced in our gut, which we believe is helping our brains to contextualise our eating choices."
"Based on our findings, we would recommend that all pregnant women consider a daily intake of at least 4400 IU vitamin D3 throughout their pregnancy, starting at the time of conception."
These findings suggest that previous linkages between caffeine and substance use in adolescence also extend to younger initiation, and may stem from core neurocognitive features thought conducive to substance initiation.
Problems in the gut can affect our mood and behavior, including aggression.
Our findings suggest a role for PUFA imbalance in attentional functioning and executive performance.
These findings show how eating processed food doesn’t just affect weight gain, it affects cognitive function, and a deep functioning of your body.
A new review investigating the effect of long-chain omega-3 supplementation on depressive symptoms concludes the majority of studies observe a significant effect, particularly in those with major depressive disorder.
"The results are significant because we know that identifying ADHD earlier can lead to effective treatment, including talking treatments and medicines, which can prevent a range of serious harms to young people and future adults."
The authors urge governments to take ambitious and decisive action, with immediate public health outreach to help citizens identify ultra-processed foods and limit their exposure. In the paper's final sentence, the authors state the urgency of action directly, "Everyone's health is at stake."
Infants with so-called "stunted growth," often caused by poor nutrition or ill-health, had significantly poorer cognitive abilities at both 6-9 months, and 1 year of age than their typically-developing counterparts.