June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and in a new blog series, we will be taking a closer look at the latest science on the influence of diet on brain health and mental function. In the first of our new series, a study1 has confirmed there is a direct link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease, concluding that people living near a main road may be more at risk of developing dementia. This supports the observations of a wide range of previous studies that also highlighted the negative impact of air pollution on brain health.23
The World Health Organization (WHO) rates hypertension as one of the most important causes of premature death worldwide, with an estimated 1.56 billion adults predicted to have high blood pressure by 2025. World Hypertension Day on May 17 aims to raise awareness of the condition, and how it can be prevented and controlled. Among other approaches, such as exercise, research has shown that nutrients, including omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), vitamin C, vitamin D and Fruitflow® can positively affect blood pressure.
A DSM- and Sight and Life Foundation-led editorial board has launched a new book, Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century, to provide the latest insights on the nutrition challenges that are now common to all societies worldwide. The first three sections of the book set the scene for nutrition across the globe and consider the economic drivers of malnutrition, outlining the different ways in which the world’s food systems can be made more sustainable. Chapter four focuses on the methods that can help ensure nutritional wellbeing is at its best and address malnutrition. The fifth and final section of the book introduces a range of proven solutions that have the power to generate positive change.
Congratulations to Erika L Garcia-Villatora for being selected as the 2017 recipient of the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators, sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products. Erika’s presentation was entitled ‘The aryl hydrocarbon receptor is a repressor of colorectal cancer development induced by a high-fat diet in mice’. Ms Garcia-Villatora is advised by Dr Clinton Allred, Texas A&M University.
Earth Day 2017 brings a range of issues into consideration, from endangered animals and food waste to the quality of the very air we breathe. Air pollution can cause a wide range of cardiovascular health issues, from hardened arteries and irregular heartbeats to increased risk of heart attack and blood clots. Research has shown that an increased intake of micronutrients, including EPA and DHA and vitamin C, can help to counteract the negative impact of air pollution.