Brain/Mood Health

Nuts strengthen brainwave function, study finds

16 Nov 2017 --- Eating nuts on a regular basis strengthens brainwave frequencies associated with cognition, healing, learning, memory and other key brain functions, researchers at Loma Linda University Health have found. In a study titled "Nuts and brain: Effects of eating nuts on changing electroencephalograph brainwaves," published in the FASEB Journal, researchers found that some nuts stimulated some brain frequencies more than others. 

Gut microbiome connected to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, research suggests

15 Nov 2017 --- New research released has revealed the links between the gut microbiome – the population of microorganisms living in the gastrointestinal tract – and brain diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, including potential new ways to track and treat these diseases. The studies were presented at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Childhood brain tumor’s “addiction” to common amino acid glutamine could be its weakness

03 Nov 2017 --- Starving a childhood brain tumor of the amino acid glutamine could improve the effect of chemotherapy, according to an early study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and funded by Children with Cancer UK and the Medical Research Council. The study suggests that a proportion of medulloblastoma are “addicted” to glutamine.

 

Drinking cherry juice every day may help to keep insomnia at bay

31 Oct 2017 --- Montmorency tart cherry juice was found to help extend sleep time by 84 minutes among eight study participants, ages 50 and older, who suffer from insomnia, according to a new pilot study. Montmorency tart cherries are the most common variety of tart cherries grown in the US, and are available year-round in dried, frozen, canned, juice and concentrated forms.

Glucosamine supplement could help to treat brain hyperexcitability in epilepsy

16 Oct 2017 --- Seizure disorders – including epilepsy – are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons. There are currently limited available treatments that can prevent this hyperexcitability. However, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen that pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models.

Diet plays pivotal role in staying sharp as Alzheimer’s disease linked to nutritional problems

18 Sep 2017 --- Decreased glucose metabolism in medial prefrontal areas of the brain is associated with nutritional status in patients with prodromal and early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to results from a Multimodal Neuroimaging for AD Diagnosis (MULNIAD) study. Nutritional problems, especially weight loss, are commonly seen in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease; however, the underlying mechanisms are not well understood.
 

The seven steps to cognitive health, according to US advisory

13 Sep 2017 --- Cognitive health is a hot topic in the world of nutrition, and a leading US nonprofit heart health organization has given seven steps of advice focusing on the connection between heart and brain health. A new advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association has made it clear that a healthy lifestyle benefits the brain as much as the rest of the body and it may lessen the risk of cognitive decline with age.

Using seaweed to heal brain injuries: Researchers pioneer new technique

13 Sep 2017 --- Australian researchers have developed a new technique that can heal damaged brain tissue using the curative properties of seaweed. Working with Tasmanian biopharmaceutical company Marinova, the researchers combined a natural anti-inflammatory polysaccharide found in seaweed with short peptides to create the hydrogel scaffold that matches the structure of healthy brain tissue.

Omega 3: A rich source of health benefits and NPD opportunities

11 Sep 2017 --- Omega 3’s benefits keep making the news in the world of nutrition, with the fatty acids’ tight connection to the healthy aging trend just one of the reasons why omega 3 continues to be on the tips of everyone’s tongues.

Studies suggest hair and brain health benefits of ExcelVite’s tocotrienol complex

06 Sep 2017 --- ExcelVite’s palm vitamin E tocotrienol complex known as EVNol SupraBio has been given a surprising potential new use, as an Ohio State University study has suggested that it can induce hair follicle growth. Vitamin E occurs naturally in eight different forms. The form of vitamin E used in the study, tocotrienol or TCT, is not abundant in the American diet but is available as a nutritional supplement. It is a common component of a typical Southeast Asian diet.

Mediterranean-style diets linked to memory benefits

26 Jul 2017 --- Eating foods that are included in either the Mediterranean or MIND diets has been linked to a lower risk for memory difficulties in older adults, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Chocolate Goodness – Cocoa Flavanols Benefit Cognition

30 Jun 2017 --- Chocolate lovers can rejoice, after researchers have shed more light on the health benefits of cocoa flavanols: a class of natural compounds with neuroprotective effects. In their recent review published in Frontiers in Nutrition, Italian researchers examined the available literature for the effects of acute and chronic administration of cocoa flavanols on different cognitive domains. In other words: what happens to your brain up to a few hours after you eat cocoa flavanols, and what happens when you sustain such a cocoa flavanol-enriched diet for a prolonged period?

Traditional African Plant Extract Offers Hope for Alzheimer’s Treatment

21 Jun 2017 --- A plant extract used for centuries in traditional medicine in Nigeria could form the basis of a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at The University of Nottingham have found. Their study, published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology, has shown that the extract taken from the leaves, stem and roots of Carpolobia lutea, could help to protect chemical messengers in the brain which play a vital role in functions including memory and learning.

Negative Correlation Found Between Alpha, Beta Carotene and Parkinson's Disease

25 May 2017 --- A new study has shown that serum alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene may contribute to increased risk and progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). According to the authors, the study's findings support the notion that carotenes play an important role in the pathogenesis and progression of PD. Serum levels of antioxidants such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, retinol, alpha- and gamma-tocopherol, lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin were measured and compared between 104 patients with idiopathic PD (Early PD: Hoehn and Yahr stage I and II, N = 47; and Advanced PD: Hoehn and Yahr stage III and IV, N = 57) and 52 healthy controls matched for age and gender. 

Neuroimaging Highlights Role of Omega 3 in Preventing Cognitive Decline

22 May 2017 --- Research involving neuroimaging has shown that people with higher omega 3 levels have increased blood flow in regions of the brain associated with memory and learning, according to a report in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. With the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) expected to triple in the coming decades, interest in dietary approaches for the prevention of cognitive decline has increased. In particular, the omega 3 fatty acids have shown anti-amyloid, anti-tau and anti-inflammatory actions in the brains of animals. 

 

Cognitive Health: Standout Trend at Vitafoods 2017

16 May 2017 --- Products aimed at improving brain health and cognitive functions played a starring role at Vitafoods Europe last week. According to data provided by Innova Market Insights, brain health launches are predominantly being found in the supplements category. From 2012 to 2016, the number increased by 20% in Europe, accounting for 21% of supplements launches in 2016. The number of food launches with a brain health claim remains limited, however, with a relatively modest growth of +5% from 2015 to 2016. 

Evonik Study Points to Benefits of Anthocyanins For Cognitive Health

08 May 2017 --- Anthocyanins may benefit cognitive health, according to studies conducted by Evonik and Professor Dag Aarsland, a specialist in dementia and dementia research at King’s College in London. Anthocyanins are naturally occurring antioxidants predominantly found in blue, purple, red or bluish-black fruits and vegetables. Evonik produces a proprietary anthocyanin-rich extract from wild Scandinavian bilberries and blackcurrants from New Zealand. The extract, marketed as an ingredient for functional foods under the name Healthberry, is also used in MEDOX, a highly successful nutritional supplement available in Norway.

Taiyo’s Suntheanine Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

01 May 2017 --- Taiyo has announced that its patented, 100 percent pure L-isomer-theanine, has been Non-GMO Project Verified. This Non-GMO Project Verification validates the product’s quality and its compliance with rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination. “There is a significant and growing consumer demand for non-GMO ingredients. Taiyo is proud to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification, because this is North America’s most trusted and recognized seal for GMO avoidance,” says Scott Smith, Vice President of Taiyo International.

Making Gut Bacteria Healthier with Brain Stimulation Could Aid Weight Loss

04 Apr 2017 --- A new study has found that a noninvasive electromagnetic brain stimulation technique could help obese people to lose weight, partly by changing the composition of their gut microbiota.

New Prospect for Prebiotics Sector: Study Says They Improve Sleep and Reduce Stress

27 Feb 2017 --- A new study by University of Colorado Boulder has shown that prebiotics can improve sleep and buffer the physiological impacts of stress. The animal study shows how REM sleep was improved when taking dietary prebiotics, a result that may open new doors for the prebiotic industry in the future.

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