Poor nutrition, particularly in early life, can have lasting effects on brain functioning and cognitive performance. Nutritional neuroscience deals with the role of various components of the normal diet like protein, carbohydrate, fat, dietary supplements like minerals, vitamins, hormones, and food additives like artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners on neurochemistry, neurobiology, behaviour, and performance. With nutrients affecting the brain development of humans, it is necessary to study the effects of meals on cognitive behaviour. Sugar is the major component of daily diet of most of the people and many people have developed addiction to sugar. Sugar is found to release opioids and dopamine and hence causes addiction potential. Addiction may cause neurochemical changes that are related to behaviour. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD have trouble in paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours or will be hyperactive. Although ADHD can’t be cured, it can be successfully managed, and some symptoms may improve as the child ages.
- Track 1-1 Nutrients for Brain Function
- Track 2-2 Effects of Meals on Cognitive Behavior
- Track 3-3 Sugar Addiction
- Track 4-4 Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder