Role of Nutrition in Neuroscience

Nutritional neuroscience is the scientific discipline which studies the effect of minerals, vitamins, proteins and other dietary supplements on the neurochemistry and cognition. It has long been said that the presence of specific nutrients can affect cognitive processes. Having knowledge of effects of food on the cognition will help us to determine the proper balance in diet in order to increase the resistance of neurons. The ingestion of specific foods can trigger the release of hormones or peptides such as insulin and glucagon in to the circulation and will reach centers such as hypothalamus and hippocampus and activate signals that promote activity and thus contributing to learning and memory. Several antioxidant diets have become popular for their positive effects on neural functions.

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Brain food
  • Nutrient biomarkers
  • Holistic dietary patterns