Description

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.

Key Features

  • Reviews the latest research into the effects of nutrition on cognition and behaviour across the lifespan and on psychiatric illness
  • Explores the link between diet, mood and cognition discussing carbohydrate consumption, mood and anti-social behaviour
  • Examines nutritional influences on behavioural problems, psychiatric illness and cognitive decline

Readership

researchers working on the effects of diet on the brain in both academia and industry, dieticians and nutritionists

Table of Contents

Contributor contact details

Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition

Introduction

Part I: Nutritional influences on brain development

Chapter 1: The effects of early diet on cognition and the brain

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Nutrition, cognition and the brain: background considerations

1.3 Research example – the preterm cohort

1.4 Cognitive outcomes at different ages

1.5 Imaging studies

1.6 Issues raised by these studies

1.7 Nutrition, cognition and brain relationships: some general considerations

1.8 Suggestions for further research and sources of further information and advice

Chapter 2: Influence of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) on cognitive and visual development

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Structure, metabolism and general physiological functions of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)

2.3 Placental transfer of PUFA and fetal lipid transport

2.4 PUFA levels in human milk

2.5 Significance of PUFAs in the development and function of brain and retina

2.6 Significance of an adequate LC-PUFA supply for neonates and infants on cognitive and visual outcomes

2.7 Potential consequences of PUFA deficiency or imbalances

2.8 PUFA intake recommendations and supply situation

2.9 Implications for the food industry, nutritionists and policy-makers

2.10 Future trends

2.13 Appendix: list of abbreviations

Chapter 3: Zinc deficiency and cognitive development

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Measurement of zinc status

3.3 Implications for the food industry, nutritionists, and policy-makers

3.4 Future trends

3.5 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 4: Iron deficiency and cognitive development

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Ef

Details

No. of pages:
592
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857092922
Print ISBN:
9781845697525
Print ISBN:
9780081017111

About the editor

D Benton

David Benton is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Swansea University, UK. He is widely renowned for his research into the effects of diet on mood and cognitive functioning.

Affiliations and Expertise

Swansea University, UK

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