Diet quality may affect depression symptoms in women

Earlier this month, Japanese researchers published a study in the British Journal of Nutrition showing a connection between diet quality and depression in women.

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Parents of ADHD children more likely to give them junk food

Korean researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior exploring any connections between snack consumption and ADHD.

The researchers enrolled over 220 children between the ages of 7 and 10. They had the parents complete a survey that asked questions regarding frequency of snacking, snack types, reasons for snacks, and snack preparation. Teachers screened the children for ADHD by using the Korean ADHD Rating Scale

While they found that both ADHD and non-ADHD children snacked,

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Fast food may increase anxiety and stress levels

American researchers recently published a study in Journal Military Behavioral Health showing a connection between nutrition and levels of anxiety and stress.

The researchers enrolled over 350 soldiers to participate in their study to see if there is a relationship between food consumption behaviours and PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress.

What the researchers discovered was that soldiers who eating habits that were less healthy (such as eating more fast foods and more sweets) also had higher stress and anxiety levels.

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8 mental health areas where EMPowerplus has been studied

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably noticed that we like to talk about our research. The Truehope EMPowerplus formula is the most researched micronutrient formula in the world. It has been the subject of over 30 academic studies undertaken by nearly 50 independent researchers at 15 universities around the world.

We have never funded even a single study. We believe this arms-length, hands-off approach better reduces the risk of influence that we could have on the results.

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4 things that can affect academic performance in teens

Earlier this month, Greek researchers published a study in Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism showing that following 4 lifestyle practices could improve academic performance in teens.

The researchers recruited over 500 teen participants in Athens, Greece. They measured adherence to the Mediterranean diet, physical activity, anxiety, attitude toward health, and academic performance.

What they found was that the following 4 factors were significant in predicting performance in teenagers:

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Exercise may help eliminate postpartum depression

Canadian researchers recently published a study in Obstetrics & Gynecology showing that exercise can help reduce postpartum depression symptoms.

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Diet may improve depression better than social support

Australian researchers recently published a study in Nutritional Neuroscience showing that nutritional intervention can have a more positive effect on depression than social support.

The researchers conducted a 12-week trial for over 60 participants, who were randomly assigned to one of two groups: diet intervention or social support. Roughly 80% of the participants were already being treated for depression (psychotherapy, medication, or both).

Those in the diet intervention groups received counselling sessions, recipes, and food samples for the following key food groups:

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Cutting out junk food may improve ADHD

Last year, Indian researchers published a study in the Asian Journal of Home Science showing a connection between nutrition and the severity of ADHD symptoms.

The researchers studied 50 children who had ADHD symptoms and who were between the ages of 4 and 12. They were the split into two groups: a control group and a nutritional intervention group. During 6 sessions, researchers assessed their nutritional consumption and their ADHD symptom severity.

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Choline may be able to reduce anxiety levels

In 2009, Norwegian researchers published a study in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition regarding the role that the essential nutrient choline plays in mental health.

Studying nearly 6000 subjects, researchers discovered that levels of choline were related to anxiety levels: those with lower choline levels had higher levels of anxiety, and those with higher choline levels had lower levels of anxiety.

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ADHD stimulant use associated with lower bone mass in children

At the end of 2016, American researchers published a study in JAMA Pediatrics investigating the connection between ADHD stimulant use and bone mass in children.

Researchers analyzed 6 years of data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey database, a series of cross-sectional, nationally representative health and nutrition surveys of the US population. Specifically, they looked at nearly 6,500 young people between 8 and 20 years of age.

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