Dietary fiber reduces brain inflammation during aging

 

 

 

 

 

As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may be a remedy to delay the inevitable: dietary fiber.

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Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

 

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.

But nutritional approaches for these debilitating conditions are not widely accepted by mainstream medicine. Treatment options tend to be limited to official National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines which recommend talking therapies and antidepressants.

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Extra-virgin olive oil prevents dementia by clearing brain of debris

Extra-virgin olive oil prevents dementia by prompting the brain to clear out harmful debris, reveal scientists as they hail ‘exciting’ breakthrough

  • Oil is a key ingredient of a Mediterranean diet, which has many health benefits
  • Study found olive oil prompts the brain to remove harmful clutter in the brain
  • Olive oil reduces the amount of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles
  • These structures increase a person’s likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s disease

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Researchers find molecular trigger for brain inflammation

In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, UNCresearchers led by Jenny Ting, PhD, the William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Genetics, identified key molecules that drive brain inflammation in a mouse model of multiple sclerosismolecules that are present at abnormally high levels in the brains of humans with the disease.

The findings show that these inflammatory molecules are ripe targets for further study and potential targets for future multiple sclerosis treatments. The research may also lead to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, stroke and other diseases that involve neuroinflammation.

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