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We exist to help better understand the link between nutrition and behaviour

  • The Developing Brain

    Adolescent Nutrition

    Brain development, maintenance and function are greatly affected by the foods that we eat. It is essential that the diet during adolescence contains a broad range of nutrients that allow the brain to work at its optimum level. Nutrition not only impacts the ability to learn, but can also affect mental health.

  • The Developing Brain

    Nutrition and Pregnancy

    Current guidance to pregnant mothers does not stress how important the diet is for the healthy development of their baby’s brain. The maternal diet during pregnancy impacts brain development and cognitive abilities of the child for a long period of time, so it is crucial that thorough advice is given in order that mothers can make informed food choices during pregnancy.

The Interesting Stuff

What you really need to know

  • Mental Health

    It is detrimental to brain structure and function when the diet is deficient in vitamins, minerals, fats and amino acids.

  • Brain & Learning

    What we eat affects our bodies, both in the short term and over months or years.

  • Ageing & Dementia

    As people age, they often expect to experience cognitive decline: memory problems and slower thinking.

  • Offending Behaviour

    Chronic deficiencies of crucial micronutrients may disrupt the normal functions of the mind.

  • Developing Brain

    Development is a complex, life-long dance between genes and many other factors.

  • About Micronutrients

    Micronutrients are about forty biochemicals that include vitamins, several fatty acids and a number of inorganic elements.

  • What Makes a Good Diet?

    Even when calorie and protein intake is adequate, micronutrient deficiency can occur if your range of foods is too narrow.

  • On Your Plate

    Have you ever wondered which foods contain the essential dietary fats and nutrients?

More About The Science

Some of the evidence for why it really matters

  • Mental Health

    Annual IFBB Lecture

    Prof Tom Brenna gave the IFBB Annual Lecture on "Nutrition and Behaviour: Are People and Governments Buying In?" at the Annual Lecture, Prize Giving and Lecture on 10 March 2016 at Goodenough College.

  • Research

    Essential Reading

    In this list of 20 publications in the field of micronutrient research, we hope to give you a sense of how things have developed, from early arguments about whether ‘vitamines’ were needed for good health, through to the formulation of food policy and recommended intakes by the United Nations.

  • The Happy Kitchen

    IFBB was pleased to help former-Times journalist, Rachel Kelly research her book The Happy Kitchen.

  • Mental Health

    Brain & Mental Health

    The escalation of mental ill-health represents one of the most concerning challenges in the 21st century burden of disease.

  • Nutrition as medicine for Mental Health

    An article published in Lancet Psychiatry by members of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research argues that nutrition should be prominent in the treatment and prevention of mental disorders.

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