Here’s How Nutrition Can Affect the Brain, Behavior, Mood and More!

Here’s How Nutrition Can Affect the Brain, Behavior, Mood and More!

What and how much we eat influences more than just our weight! As it turns out, our diet plays a big role in our behavior, overall mood and more!
Scientists are looking more and more into this link between the brain and food, exploring the effects that nutrition can have.
Monica Dus, a scientist from the University of Michigan, points out in a new article for SciTechDaily that products can really change the genetic instructions humans receive and which then control our physiology.
In addition to that, Dus also likes to focus on further understanding how food can influence our moods, thoughts and behaviors.
Of course, at this point in time, there is no known way to treat brain conditions with diet but that is not to say that nutrition does not greatly contribute to brain processes that make us the kind of people we are.
After all, excesses or deficiencies in sugars, vitamins, fats and amino acids affect the brain in good or bad ways so balance is always recommended for a healthy brain and body.
The expert goes on to give a few examples of how certain nutrients can affect our brains.
Apparently, low levels of vitamin B3, which is mostly found in fish and meat, can cause pellagra, an illness that leads to dementia.
B3 is important as it helps the body turn food into energy and building blocks, controls how much of certain gene products get made and also protects the genetic blueprint from any environmental damage.
Based on several studies, increasing B3 levels can mitigate the effects of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s which many suffer from in their later years.
Another instance where a nutrient deficiency affects the brain in the case of iodine!
This element can naturally be found in seaweed and seafood but is also obtained through iodized salt.
Iodine is essential for thyroid hormones, as a building block, and signals molecules that are important for human functions such as appetite, metabolism and even sleep.
In fact, iodine is so important that before salt was supplemented with it in the 1920s, iodine deficiency was a main cause of cognitive disability all over the world and it’s believed that iodized salt may have contributed to the rise in IQ scores in the last 100 years!
Other foods can also affect one’s mood and even memory when consumed in excess.
You’re probably not surprised to hear that too much sugar, processed foods and saturated fats can really affect you negatively, having terrible effects on the brain.
They also promote rapid aging and desensitize the brain to hormonal signals supposed to tell you when you’re full.

Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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