Lifetime Nutritional Influences on Cognition, Behaviour and Psychiatric Illness book cover

Lifetime Nutritional Influences on Cognition, Behaviour and Psychiatric Illness

The influence of nutrition on cognition and behaviour is a topic of increasing interest. Emerging evidence indicates that nutrition in early life can influence later mental performance and that diet in later life can reduce cognitive decline. Lifetime nutritional influences on cognition, behaviour and psychiatric illness reviews the latest research into the effects of nutrition on cognition and behaviour across the lifespan and on psychiatric illness.

Part one investigates nutritional influences on brain development and cognition including the effects of early diet and the impact of key dietary consistuents including long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and iron. Part two explores the link between diet, mood and cognition discussing carbohydrate consumption, mood and anti-social behaviour, hydration and mental performance and the neurocognitive effects of herbal extracts, among other topics. Part three examines nutritional influences on behavioural problems, psychiatric illness and cognitive decline, including the role of nutrition in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, vitamin status and psychiatric disorders, antioxidants and dementia, and depression, suicide and fatty acids.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Lifetime nutritional influences on cognition, behaviour and psychiatric illness is a valuable reference tool for researchers working on the effects of diet on the brain in both academia and industry and may also appeal to dieticians and nutritionists.

Hardbound, 592 Pages

Published: July 2011

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-752-5

Reviews

  • This book provides an excellent review of the impact of diet on mental health., IFST Journal
    This book is a very comprehensive and well written book which examines the impact of various aspects of diet on brain development, cognitive and motor function, mental health and well-being., IFST Journal

Contents

  • Part 1 Nutritional influences on brain development: The effects of early diet on cognition and the brain; Influence of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) on cognitive and visual development; Zinc deficiency and cognitive development; Iron deficiency and cognitive development; Iodine and cognitive development. Part 2 Diet, mood and cognition: Macronutrients and cognitive performance; Carbohydrate consumption, mood and anti-social behavior; Hydration and mental performance; Vitamin status, cognition and mood in cognitively intact adults; Caffeine, mood and cognition; Neurocognitive effects of herbal extracts. Part 3 Nutritional influences on behavioural problems, psychiatric illness and cognitive decline associated with ageing: Malnutrition and externalising behaviour; The role of nutrition and diet in learning and behaviour of children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; Vitamin status and psychiatric disorders; Antioxidants, diet, polyphenols and dementia; Vitamin D, cognitive function and mental health; Caloric intake, dietary lifestyles, macronutrient composition and dementia; Fatty acids and schizophrenia; Fatty acids, depression and suicide; Fatty acid intake and cognitive decline.

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