EU-funded consortium studies connections between gut microbiota, diet and exercise to formulate nutrition and lifestyle recommendations for brain health

New Brain Nutrition is a consortium of 18 European medical centers conducting ground-breaking research on the connections between mental health, lifestyle, and nutrition.

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(businesspress24) - For Immediate Release: June 6, 2018

An 18-partner medical consortium will spend 11.1M through 2022 studying how dietary components (i.e. sugar, fat, protein content, vitamin and mineral supplementation, probiotics) and lifestyle factors (including exercise) influence peoples overall health, brain function, and behavior. The project is coordinated by Dr. Alejandro Arias-Vsquez from the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Science has known for years how peoples diets and lifestyle affect chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. Researchers, however, are just beginning to learn that nutrition and lifestyle affect the way the brain works. Early research has shown evidence of a sizeable impact - both harmful and protective - of nutrition components on behaviours such as impulsivity and compulsivity.

Further studies need to be conducted to understand a) if specific nutrition interventions can change behaviour, b) how big the effect is of these non-pharmacological approaches, and c) how all this works at the brain level.

The purpose of the consortium is to get answers to these questions, and to share them through various media with multiple audiences: the general public, patients and their families, clinicians, the food industry, and policy makers.

These answers could have huge implications for approaches to overall well-being and behavioural problems associated with psychiatric diseases, and suggest significant changes in the type of food people eat.

New Brain Nutrition is the online branding for the consortium, named Eat2BeNICE, which is funded by the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 728018.

The consortium has just launched its website and branding as New Brain Nutrition ( with free information and education (blogs, videos, and research findings). Arias-Vasquez also announced that New Brain Nutrition will be offering free online courses for both medical professionals and the public which disseminate the research findings.

New Brain Nutrition is using information on diet and behavior from large European population registries (with anonymous information) to identify dietary components related to mental health and brain function.

New Brain Nutrition is also carrying out [four clinical trials]( in order to study the ability of nutritional interventions in different age groups to reduce impulsivity and compulsivity in extremely impulsive males and females:

1. Restriction elimination diet (in children 5-12y);

2. Broad-spectrum nutrient supplementation (in adolescents and young adults 12-21y);

3. Probiotics supplementation (in adults 18-65y);

4. The Mediterranean diet (in adults and elderly 55-75y).

An important innovative aspect of New Brain Nutrition is the direct involvement of [German TV celebrity chef Sebastian Lege](, who will translate the projects scientific findings into food solutions for health and mental well-being. Lege will generate free recipes and cooking lessons, translated into multiple European languages that everyone can use at home.

Dr. Arias-Vasquez states, New Brain Nutrition will create new evidence-based approaches for making recommendations about nutrition and its links to changing behavior with non-pharmacological solutions.

When people visit the New Brain Nutrition website, they can leave their name and email address (held in strict confidence according to new GDPR regulations) to get [updates on blog posts, education, and research findings](

For press inquiries, contact:

Alejandro Arias-Vasquez, PhD

Radboud University Medical Center

Nijmegen, the Netherlands


+31 (0)24 361 67 22


Thomas Parkhill

Press Officer


Utrecht, the Netherlands


+39 349 238 8191

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Date: 06/06/2018 - 10:03
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