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Every month, our charity Food for the Brain, writes about topics related to nutrition and lifestyle and their effect on mental health, neurological conditions and learning disabilities. The aim is to reflect emerging research in the field and generate awareness about the important role our diet and our daily habits play in our health. If you would like to sign up to Food for the Brain’s mailing list, please click here. 

What is the Biochemical Approach to Autism?

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that is usually diagnosed in early childhood and typically persists into adulthood. Every child has a unique presentation. Core features include difficulties with social communication and interaction (which can vary...

Glutathione: the Master Antioxidant and its Role in Brain Health

Glutathione has been labelled as the mother of all antioxidants and the ultimate free radical quencher and detoxifier. We produce this molecule endogenously, primarily in the liver, using the precursor amino acids cysteine, glutamine and glycine, which come from the...

November for Men’s Mental Health

In the past few years, November has been marked by a sudden rise in an unusual amount of men embracing their moustaches as they campaign for men’s health throughout the month. Since 2003, November has been coined ‘Movember’ by the Movember Foundation, originally a...

The Effect of Mind-Body Practices on the Brain

We have long known and believed in the saying ‘you are what you eat’, however, emerging research is showing that we could also argue that ‘you are what you think’. Many of us know intuitively that thinking positively leads to better health just as thinking...

Addiction – Nutrition’s Role in Recovery

According to the charity Action on Addiction, one in three of us are addicted to something, whether it be a substance such as caffeine, cocaine or alcohol, or whether it is being in the grips of a particular habit that is preventing someone from living their lives in...

Our Top Tips on Nutrition for Mental Health

We are coming towards the end of Mental Health Awareness Week (8th -14th May), which this year is about encouraging the nation to have a conversation about why so many of us aren’t thriving with good mental health. Rather than looking at good mental health as simply...

Autism and the Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome, defined as the bacteria that colonises our digestive tract, seems to be a buzz word at the moment within the health industry, as a growing body of research is showing just how important quantity and quality of protective gut bacteria are for our...

Could the way in which we are eating be affecting our health?

When it comes to improving our health, nutrition is of course one of the first things we should look at. Having a balanced diet, which includes optimal amounts of all the essential micronutrients as well as avoiding refined and processed foods, is key to ensure we are...

The Benefits of Nutrition as an Adjunct Therapy for Schizophrenia

Food for the Brain supports a better understanding of how nutritional protocols can be beneficial across a arrange of mental health conditions, one that is a less understood condition and therefore is often more difficult to raise awareness about, is nutritional...

The Sugar Rush: How to Balance Blood Sugar to Support Mental Wellbeing

At this time of the year, many are either making their new year’s resolutions, challenging themselves to a dry January or trying out new diets in an effort to re-calibrate after the Christmas splurge. The festive period undoubtedly comes with over-indulgence in sugary...

Seeking the Underlying Cause of Depression

The rising amount of research displaying clear links between high levels of inflammation in the body and depression is revealing how the serotonin model, which purports that low mood is caused by a deficiency in serotonin and therefore supports the use of...

Could Multivitamin Supplements be used as Mental Health First Aid?

Today is October 10th, which marks the celebration of World Mental Health day. This year's theme is on Psychological First Aid (PFA), which aims to raise awareness about the importance of first aid support for people following a large crisis or traumatic event....

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