Eating a Mediterranean-style diet can help protect the brain from tau protein build-up and brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Young mice exposed to a healthy diet and frequent exercise show lower levels of anxiety and increased brain mass as adults.
Snacking on unhealthy foods late at night was associated with problematic physical symptoms, including headaches and stomach aches the next morning. Additionally, snacking on junk foods before bed was associated with negative moods the next day. The changes in both physical and mental symptoms were, in turn, associated with decreased performance at work.
A recent study found 42% of participants gained, on average, 29 lb of unwanted weight during the pandemic, with people gaining 1.5lb per month. Researchers say a combination of stress, hormones, and dwindling motivation to exercise during the lockdowns may be to blame.
Consuming high levels of sugar-sweetened beverages early in life may lead to memory problems during adulthood. Researchers found, compared to rats who consumed only water, those who drank sugar-sweetened beverages had difficulties in memory recall associated with the hippocampus. The study also found a link between specific changes in gut bacteria in rats who drank sugary drinks and impaired brain function.
Adding selenium to diet products helps prevent obesity and increases healthy lifespan in mouse models.
Mice that consumed high-fat diets not only became obese, they also displayed an increased risk of depression and anxiety symptoms. This was mediated by a defective brain circuit. When the disruptions were corrected either genetically or pharmaceutically, mice displayed fewer symptoms of depression and experienced weight loss.
Consumption of 25g of processed meats per day, the equivalent to one slice of bacon, was associated with a 44% increased risk of developing Alzheimer's. However, those who ate 50g of unprocessed red meats, such as beef or pork, per day had a 19% decreased risk of developing the disease.
Reducing stress in young mothers was associated with a decrease in fast food consumption and an improvement in dietary habits.
A new long-term study reveals people who followed diets that were high in plant-based food items and were lower in sugars had a 10% reduced risk of suffering from an ischemic stroke later in life.