Brain/Mood Health

Arjuna botanical ingredient taps into gut-brain axis, study finds

17 Apr 2018 --- Results of a new human study show that Herbagut, an all-natural polybotanical extract blend, supports gut health. The study discovered that the product can relieve digestive stress while improving overall well-being, the company reports. Herbalife is rooted in traditional Ayurvedic botanical ingredients that have been used for centuries for gut health and general well-being.

Cold pressed collaboration: Taiyo succeeds in chia oil shelf-life extension

11 Apr 2018 --- Taiyo, an expert manufacturer of functional ingredients, offers Xia Oil, a premium chia oil, that remains stable for up to two years. Using a novel process, XIA PURE Ox Blocker technology, the taste and smell of the oil stay fresh and its nutraceutical properties remain intact. 

Gut-brain axis: NZMP SureStart joins research program to aid infant formula development

09 Apr 2018 --- NZMP SureStart, the global B2B pediatric ingredients brand of Fonterra, has joined Smarter Lives, a five-year research program that investigates how nutrition impacts the gut-brain axis. Smarter Lives is funded by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and led by New Zealand research institute, AgResearch. It will investigate how foods influence brain function via the “sophisticated communication systems” between the gut and the brain.

Study uncovers interplay between omega 3, sleep and cognition in kids

05 Apr 2018 --- Frequent fish consumption may aid better quality sleep and cognitive functioning in children, a Chinese study has found. The study, published in Nature, claims to be the first study to delineate the mediating pathways between greater fish consumption and improved cognition amongst children.

Three cups of coffee per day may have “significant” negative effect on Alzheimer’s symptoms, study suggests

04 Apr 2018 --- A study has found that the long-term consumption of caffeine worsens some neuropsychiatric symptoms experienced by most Alzheimer’s patients. The research, published in Frontiers of Psychology, suggests the most exacerbated symptoms are neophobia (fear of everything), anxiety-related behaviors and emotional and cognitive flexibility.

Natural chill pill: Arjuna launches highly potent Ashwagandha extract

26 Mar 2018 --- Arjuna Natural Ltd launches a high-potency, all-natural Ashwagandha extract: Shoden. Shoden is said to be made up of 35 percent glycowithanolides – the most active component of ashwagandha, which has been used in India for centuries to reduce anxiety and stress. Arjuna Natural Ltd states that this percent of glycowithanolides is high in comparison with similar products on the market.

Iodine deficiency on the rise globally: Must focus on natal nutrition, study warns

12 Mar 2018 --- Iodine is an essential nutrient particularly for the neurodevelopment of fetuses. Deficiency at this stage could have negative consequences, a review conducted by the Hospital de Riotinto, Spain and Unversity of Surrey, UK, have shown. The findings are of rising importance as iodine deficiencies are becoming more common, the review suggests.

Gelita develops controlled soft gelatin capsule fill release

12 Mar 2018 --- Gelita is offering manufacturers of soft gelatin capsules the opportunity to see first hand the complete spectrum of capsule fill release profiles – including the latest addition to Gelita’s pharmaceutical gelatin portfolio: Gelita EC for enteric performance.

Controlled calories and low-fat diet may protect an aging brain, study shows

12 Mar 2018 --- Following a low-fat diet in combination with limited caloric consumption can prevent age-related brain dysfunction in aging mice. The study, published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, also finds that exercise is far less effective than the caloric restriction in preventing such neurological, age-related changes. Although an early day’s rodent study, this data could demonstrate the potential importance of dietary fat intake on brain health in aging populations.

Cognitive health: Cambridge Commodities taps into RTD functional formats 

12 Mar 2018 --- Cognitive functional foods have been growing in popularity among consumers and Cambridge Commodities believes that foods that improve brain function are set for strong growth in the coming years. The company is on a mission to reinvent nootropics, to make them more accessible for consumers to drink on the go and when they most need them. 

Saffron extract may help prevent depression in teens, study shows

07 Mar 2018 --- Depressed teenagers treated with saffron extract showed improvements in symptoms, according to a study published in The Journal of Affective Disorders. The study had positive effects although it is needed to “replicate these studies to confirm our initial positive findings,” says Adrian Lopresti, Senior Research Administrator at Murdoch University. Saffron is most commonly known as an expensive, golden-hued ingredient mostly used in cooking. However, it has been traditionally used as a treatment for depression in Iran.

Omega 3 does not improve children's learning abilities, study finds

05 Mar 2018 --- New research has found no evidence omega 3 fish oil supplements help aid or improve the reading ability or memory function of underperforming schoolchildren. These findings are in contradiction to an earlier study – in 2012 – run by the same team using the same supplement.

Food allergy experiences linked to personality traits, study suggests

02 Mar 2018 --- A new study has observed a link between certain personality traits and the way that the daily challenges that accompany food allergies are experienced by individuals. The personality trait most in conflict with the challenges is “higher openness to experience”. It is hoped that this research may help people who experience allergies – as well as parents and support groups - understand and manage them.

Mood food: DASH diet may reduce depression risk, study shows

26 Feb 2018 --- Following a specific diet aimed at reducing stroke risk could be the answer to preventing the onset of depression, a study has found. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is high in fruit and vegetables, recommends fat-free or low-fat dairy products and limits foods that are high in saturated fats and sugar. The study finds that following such a diet not only lowers high blood pressure, bad cholesterol (LDL) and body weight but also may lower the risk of depression.

Chronic heavy drinking major risk factor for dementia: The Lancet

21 Feb 2018 --- Excessive alcohol use is a major risk factor for onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia, according to a French nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal. Previous research has shown mixed results regarding the effect of alcohol on cognitive health, with some studies showing a possible benefit of light to moderate drinking, while others have found detrimental effects of heavy drinking on dementia risk.

Saturated fat and sugar can cause depression and anxiety: study

14 Feb 2018 --- A diet rich in saturated fat, such as palm oil, and sugar not only leads to obesity, but it also creates inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that controls mood and the feeling of reward. This inflammation can lead to depressive, anxious and compulsive behavior and disrupt metabolism, according to a study from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM). The discovery illustrates the vicious circle experienced by people with obesity caused by a diet rich in sugar and saturated fat, with their diet leading to negative emotions, which can stimulate the quest for more comfort through food.

Rest assured: Som Sleep launches RTD sleep supplements

06 Feb 2018 --- Som Sleep has launched its first two products, NSF Certified for Sport RTD sleep supplements Som Sleep Original and Som Sleep Zero Sugar. Both original and sugar-free options are available in a 4-pack, 12-pack and 24-pack for one-time purchase or recurring delivery through the company’s website. According to the company, Som Sleep is low-calorie, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and preservative free.

Common food preservative enhances schizophrenia treatment, study finds

02 Feb 2018 --- The common food preservative sodium benzoate improves symptoms in clozapine-resistant schizophrenia patients, according to a new study published in Biological Psychiatry. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial led by Hsien-Yuan Lane, M.D., Ph.D., of China Medical University, Taiwan, showed that adding on sodium benzoate to the antipsychotic clozapine improved symptoms in patients who did not see results with any other medications, providing a new option for the hardest-to-treat patients.

Review offers new perspectives on effect of SAMe on neuropsychiatric conditions

31 Jan 2018 --- A recent review of S-Adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) has provided a broad perspective on the role, efficacy and safety of SAMe in the treatment of depression, neuropsychiatric disorders and co-morbid medical conditions. The authors conclude that SAMe supplementation holds promise for several neuropsychiatric conditions, which is significant because evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of SAMe in both psychiatric and medical illnesses could impact clinical decision making. 

Brain health: MIND diet may slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors

29 Jan 2018 --- The so-called MIND diet – short for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay – may help substantially slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors, according to preliminary research presented last week at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2018 in Los Angeles. The findings are significant because stroke survivors are twice as likely to develop dementia compared to the general population.

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