New Brain Nutrition Press
The Eat2beNICE project, a consortium of 18 European university medical centers funded by the European Horizon 2020 Research Programme No 728018, is celebrating International Brain Awareness Week with two new educational downloads on their website at New Brain Nutrition.
The Eat2beNICE project is a five-year project completing original research on how nutrition and lifestyle effect mental health. The two new FREE educational downloads for both healthcare professionals and the public are e-booklets entitled, “The Gut-Brain Axis: An Important Key to Your Health”, and the “Nutritional Diversity Tip Sheet.” This is in addition to the “Mediterranean Diet and Depression” booklet previously published in late 2018.
Scientific research has already shown us the importance of nutrition in general health. It has also demonstrated the existence of what is called “The Gut-Brain Axis,” a high-speed, two-way continuous communication pathway between the gut and the brain. This demonstrates that our bodies are truly integrated systems which work as one, from our brain functioning to our gut functioning.
Why is gut health important? The gut is lined with colonies of micro-organisms called microbiota, which process the food we eat and create essential compounds our body uses for nourishing cells, metabolic processes, and critical body and brain functioning. Microbiota are easily effected by what food is consumed, by stress and illness, and our environment. These microbiotic states effect our physical health as well as our mental well-being. The Eat2beNICE researchers are conducting original research and clinical trials throughout Europe to advance our knowledge on how nutrients and physical activity can benefit or detract from our mental health.
In addition to new weekly blogs written by Eat2beNICE researchers, the New Brain Nutrition website also offers educational downloads mentioned above, with more to come. Additionally, in July 2019, free video educational sessions, soon to be announced, will also be offered that will further educate both the public and healthcare professionals on the research and facts that serve as the basis of ongoing studies, as well as the science behind the research currently being conducted during the life of the project through 2022.
Eat2beNICE supports Brain Awareness Week and hopes its free educational online resources advance the knowledge and health habits of website visitors from around the world.
“I feel like a universe, stuffed within a shoebox” – this is how Bryn Travers describes what it’s like to have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). On 31 October 2018 the video ‘Shine a light – understanding ADHD’ is released: a short documentary about what ADHD is, both from a personal and clinical perspective. The video was a created through collaboration between four EU-funded, international consortia of researchers that investigate ADHD and its origins: MiND, Aggressotype, CoCA and Eat2BeNICE.
This video is aimed at helping young people and adults diagnosed with ADHD, or who suspect they have ADHD, as well as their family and friends, to understand the condition better. The video is in English, with subtitles in English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian and Swedish.
The video can be viewed here: http://newbrainnutrition.com/adhd-shine-a-light/
The release of this video co-occurs with the last day of October’s international ADHD awareness month. This initiative of the international ADHD patient organisations aims to raise awareness about ADHD, and funding for more research to better understand ADHD. Knowing more about ADHD and spreading awareness helps people better understand (people with) ADHD, thus reducing stigma and (self) blame.
In this mini-documentary, people with ADHD discuss what it is like to have ADHD, the challenges, and the things they like about ADHD. Clinicians and researchers working with ADHD add their perspective and explain more about the origins of the disorder, what they have learnt from their experience working with patients, and the main questions research is trying to answer about ADHD.
Many children, adolescents and adults suffer from ADHD- approximately 5% worldwide (1 in 20). ADHD is a complex disorder that affects people differently, with people experiencing problems in daily life, especially with respect to controlling attention, impulses and emotions. At the same time, people with ADHD enjoy their creativity and positive energy. Medication is effective for many people with ADHD, but not for all. A downside of the medication is that it needs to be taken every day, and it does not cure someone from the disorder. Other types of treatment should therefore also be offered and investigated.
The video features four of the most well-known researchers in the field of ADHD: Dr. Eric Taylor is Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London, Dr. Philip Asherson is professor of Molecular Psychiatry at King’s College London, Dr. Barbara Franke is professor of Molecular Psychiatry at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, in The Netherlands, and Dr. Corina Greven is psychologist and behavioural geneticist at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen. Next to these scientists and psychiatrists, we see three people with ADHD (Bryn Travers, Evie Travers and Aziz), Andrea Bilbow, president of patient organisation ‘ADHD Europe’ and mother of two children with ADHD, and Dr. Kai Syng Tan, researcher and artist at King’s College London, who also has an ADHD diagnosis.
In the video they talk about what ADHD is and what it is like to have ADHD, about the pro’s and con’s of ADHD medication and why other types of treatment should also be developed, about stigma and misconceptions and why education is so important, and about the positive aspects of ADHD.
This video was a created through collaboration between four EU-funded, international consortia of researchers that investigate ADHD and its origins. The idea came from two junior scientists, Laura Ghirardi and Dr. Nicoletta Adamo. They were supported in creating the video through the MiND Training program and by the other junior scientists from MiND.
MiND (ADHD and ASD research): http://mind-project.eu/
Aggressotype (origins of aggression in psychiatric disorders, such as ADHD): http://www.aggressotype.eu/
CoCA (origins of comorbid disorders with ADHD in adolescents and adults): http://coca-project.eu/
Eat2BeNICE (how nutrition and lifestyle influence mental health in psychiatric disorders): http://newbrainnutrition.com/
The video was recorded by 4QUARTER FILMS (www.4quarterfilms.com).
The public can learn more about ADHD here: https://www.adhdeurope.eu/
New Brain Nutrition, a consortium of 18 European university medical centres, is conducting four clinical trials to better understand the connection and mechanism between nutrition, lifestyle and mental health. The subject has been in the news recently with the publication of a study that found the Mediterranean diet could reduce and protect against symptoms depression (Lassale, University College London, in Molecular Psychiatry).
According to Lassale, people following a Mediterranean diet had a 33% lower risk of being diagnosed with depression. Among the factors that led to a higher chance of depression were those who ate processed meats, trans fats, and consumed a lot of alcohol.
New Brain Nutrition is taking Lassale’s research one step further by conducting clinical trials on the Mediterranean diet to understand why the diet works. In these trials, patients will be followed closely, with samples gathered to document their microbiota. Their psychiatric symptoms will also be measured, and communications between microbiota and the brain (the “gut-brain axis”) will be better understood.
A research report can be found at: http://newbrainnutrition.com/the-mediterranean-diet-and-depression-free-report-download/.
Anyone wanting to learn more about the foods, vitamins and minerals that can help brain function will find accurate and actionable information and updates on the project website. The website will also showcase how those suffering from depression, impulsivity, compulsively, aggression, addiction, and more can live their best life.
Alejandro Arias-Vasquez, PhD, Project Director from Radboud University Medical Center states “New Brain Nutrition is conducting groundbreaking research into mental health with four clinical trials and analysis of existing databases throughout Europe. Along with this research, we will publish reports, videos, online courses, and cooking shows with recipes from German celebrity chef Sebastian Lege to help provide the best information to both the public and healthcare professionals.”
New Brain Nutrition is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant to the Eat2BeNice consortium of medical centers.
Full details of the project and the other articles and content are available at http://newbrainnutrition.com.
EU-funded consortium studies connections between gut microbiota, diet and exercise to formulate nutrition and lifestyle recommendations for brain health
An 18-partner medical consortium will spend €11.1M through 2022 studying how dietary components (i.e. sugar, fat, protein content, vitamin and mineral supplementation, probiotics) and lifestyle factors (including exercise) influence people’s overall health, brain function, and behavior. The project is coordinated by Dr. Alejandro Arias-Vásquez from the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Science has known for years how peoples’ diets and lifestyle affect chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. Researchers, however, are just beginning to learn that nutrition and lifestyle affect the way the brain works. Early research has shown evidence of a sizeable impact – both harmful and protective – of nutrition components on behaviours such as impulsivity and compulsivity.
Further studies need to be conducted to understand a) if specific nutrition interventions can change behaviour, b) how big the effect is of these non-pharmacological approaches, and c) how all this works at the brain level.
The purpose of the consortium is to get answers to these questions, and to share them through various media with multiple audiences: the general public, patients and their families, clinicians, the food industry, and policy makers.
These answers could have huge implications for approaches to overall well-being and behavioural problems associated with psychiatric diseases, and suggest significant changes in the type of food people eat.
New Brain Nutrition is the online branding for the consortium, named Eat2BeNICE, which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 728018.
The consortium has just launched its website and branding as New Brain Nutrition (http://newbrainnutrition.com) with free information and education (blogs, videos, and research findings). Arias-Vasquez also announced that New Brain Nutrition will be offering free online courses for both medical professionals and the public which disseminate the research findings.
New Brain Nutrition is using information on diet and behavior from large European population registries (with anonymous information) to identify dietary components related to mental health and brain function.
New Brain Nutrition is also carrying out four clinical trials in order to study the ability of nutritional interventions in different age groups to reduce impulsivity and compulsivity in extremely impulsive males and females:
- Restriction elimination diet (in children 5-12y);
- Broad-spectrum nutrient supplementation (in adolescents and young adults 12-21y);
- Probiotics supplementation (in adults 18-65y);
- The Mediterranean diet (in adults and elderly 55-75y).
An important innovative aspect of New Brain Nutrition is the direct involvement of German TV celebrity chef Sebastian Lege, who will translate the project’s scientific findings into food solutions for health and mental well-being. Lege will generate free recipes and cooking lessons, translated into multiple European languages that everyone can use at home.
Dr. Arias-Vasquez states, “New Brain Nutrition will create new evidence-based approaches for making recommendations about nutrition and its links to changing behavior with non-pharmacological solutions.”
When people visit the New Brain Nutrition website, they can leave their name and email address (held in strict confidence according to new GDPR regulations) to get updates on blog posts, education, and research findings.