By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on May 27, 2011 New research suggests the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids extend beyond improving heart health. In a multiyear study, Indiana University School of Medicine investigators discovered molecular level evidence that the dietary supplements may be beneficial for alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders. In the study, researchers showed conclusive behavioral and molecular benefits for omega 3 given to mice engineered to show bipolar disorder behaviors.
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Nootropics ( pron.: / n oʊ . ə ˈ t r ɒ p ɨ k s / noh-ə- TROP -iks ), also referred to as smart drugs , memory enhancers , neuro enhancers , cognitive enhancers , and intelligence enhancers , are drugs , supplements , nutraceuticals , and functional foods that purportedly improve mental functions such as cognition , memory , intelligence , motivation , attention , and concentration. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] The word nootropic was coined in 1972 by the Romanian Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea , [ 3 ] [ 4 ] derived from the Greek words νους nous , or "mind," and τρέπειν trepein meaning "to bend/turn".
Blueberries In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA.
Functional food is a food where a new ingredient(s) (or more of an existing ingredient) has been added to a food and the new product has an additional function (often one related to health-promotion or disease prevention). [ 1 ] The general category of functional foods includes processed food or foods fortified with health-promoting additives, like " vitamin -enriched" products. Products considered functional generally do not include products where fortification has been done to meet government regulations and the change is not recorded on the label as a significant addition ("invisible fortification"). An example of this type of fortification would be the historic addition of iodine to table salt, or Vitamin D to milk, done to resolve public health problems such as rickets . Fermented foods with live cultures are considered functional foods with probiotic benefits.