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Authored by Mary West via The Epoch Times 

A study from the UK published in Nature Mental Health (NMH) on April 1, found that a healthy, balanced diet links to superior cognitive function, mental well-being, and brain health. It even increases gray matter, an effect associated with higher intelligence. The findings provide more evidence that the adage, “You are what you eat,” applies to both the mind and the body.

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The results were so robust that lead author Jianfeng Feng, a professor at the University of Warwick, emphasized the importance of adopting an optimal diet in childhood.

“Developing a healthy balanced diet from an early age is crucial for healthy growth,” he said in a press release. “To foster the development of a healthy balanced diet, both families and schools should offer a diverse range of nutritious meals and cultivate an environment that supports their physical and mental health.”

Diet Links to Striking Effects on Brain Health

While prior research indicates certain dietary patterns are associated with mental and cognitive effects, gaps and inconsistencies are present. To narrow the gaps, the NMH study used data on 181,990 individuals from the UK Biobank to identify dietary patterns and how they link to brain structure, blood biomarkers, genetic changes, mental health, and cognitive function.

Analysis of food preferences and consumption revealed that people fall into one of four main dietary patterns:

  • Subtype 1—a higher preference for vegetables, fruits, and proteins and a lower preference for starches
  • Subtype 2—resembles a vegetarian diet, with a higher preference for vegetables and fruit and a lower preference for proteins
  • Subtype 3—an unhealthy diet low in fiber, with a higher preference for proteins and snacks and a lower preference for vegetables and fruits
  • Subtype 4—a healthy diet, consisting of balanced preferences among all food groups

A primary discovery was that food preferences affect the adaptability of the brain, which can lead to structural changes that influence mental and cognitive health. Secondly, a directional link exists between mental and cognitive health—meaning mental health plays a role in cognition.

Further Findings

Vegetarian Diet Links to Increased Mental Conditions

Subtype 2, the vegetarian diet, linked to a higher incidence of mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, and psychosis. People in this group had more gene variants in mental health, which suggests the possibility that genetic susceptibility may underlie increased mental health conditions.

Unhealthy Diet Links to Inflammation and Mental Disorders

Subtype 3, the unhealthy diet, high in protein but low in fiber, had lower well-being scores than other subtypes. Individuals in this group had a higher likelihood of anxiety, depression, and stroke than those in the healthy, balanced subtype 4 diet. These results are consistent with earlier research that associates dietary quality with well-being.

The authors theorized that this link may stem from the effects of high-fat foods, which increase the release of inflammatory factors and cause gut bacteria to permeate through intestinal walls. Blood and biomarker evidence supported this theory, as subtype 3 had higher levels of substances indicating inflammation than subtype 4. These findings are in line with earlier studies, such as a 2020 review, that associate an unbalanced diet with a higher likelihood of mental disorders.

Diet Affects Brain Structure

One difference in structure involved gray matter volume (GMV). Gray matter is the part of the brain that processes information, versus white matter, the part of the brain that permits communication between gray matter regions.

The unhealthy subtype 3 diet had significantly lower GMV in 11 brain regions, compared with the balanced subtype 4 diet. This concurs with earlier studies, such as a 2017 study, that link a diet plentiful in antioxidants, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids to higher GMV. It is also consistent with research associating diets high in protein, trans-fat, and saturated fat to lower GMV.

Diet also affects white matter, with subtype 3 showing poorer integrity in this structure than subtype 4. This was noted in an array of brain regions involved in memory, cognition, motivation, emotions, and sensory and motor symptoms. It also corroborates prior studies, such as a 2016 study, that indicate healthy dietary components are associated with increased white matter integrity.

Diet Affects Cholesterol and Fat Biomarkers

Biomarkers appeared to be sensitive reflectors of diet quality. The balanced subtype 4 diet had higher levels of HDL, “good” cholesterol, than the unhealthy subtype 3 diet. The vegetarian subtype 2 diet and subtype 3 diet had significantly lower levels of important healthful fatty acids, such as omega-3s, which may stem from a lack of fish in the diet.

Genes May Influence Brain Health

The authors identified an array of genes with elevated expression in multiple brain regions. Many of these regions also showed changes in GMV, a finding that supports the theory that genes have a critical influence on brain structure and may affect how dietary patterns impact brain health.

What Foods Are Brain Friends?

The authors of the NMH study suggested that a healthy diet consists of balanced amounts of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, moderate dairy, eggs, fish, and legumes. This diet resembles the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in these foods and low in red meat. It is worth noting that research indicates the Mediterranean diet has multiple health benefits, including those unrelated to brain health.

 

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by Tyler Durden
 

Russian state media is confirming a huge breaking development that President Putin has removed his longtime Defense Minister and personal friend Sergei Shoigu as defense chief, who has overseen the Ukraine war since its beginning in Feb. 2022. He will now serve as head of the nation's security council.

"Sergei Shoigu is likely to lose the post of Minister of Defense of Russia to acting First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov," English-language RT is reporting. "His candidacy was proposed by President Vladimir Putin, the Federation Council announced on Sunday."

Putin has also reportedly dismissed Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, according to Interfax.

This appears in order to shuffle Shoigu into that position. Putin has now appointed Shoigu as new Secretary of the Russian Security Council. Likely Patrushev is also being moved to another position too

Claire's Observations:  The question is, why, and why now??

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Via Middle East Eye

Israeli tanks have moved into eastern Jabalia in northern Gaza following a night of intense bombardment, which has killed some 19 Palestinians and flattened residential blocks, according to health officials.

Israeli fire targeted ambulances near the camp's Unrwa clinic, Wafa news agency is reporting. The Israeli army said that the latest incursion on the camp was to prevent Hamas from "rehabilitating military capabilities" there.

Via Reuters

In other areas of Gaza, Israeli air strikes reportedly killed some 27 Palestinians overnight. In Rafah, 18 Palestinians were killed in air strikes,  including several children, according to Wafa.

Wafa is also reporting that the continuing air strikes have killed dozens more in the past few hours, with 12 bodies arriving at Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza.

The director of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Sam Rose, has warned that Palestinians in Rafah are being instructed to evacuate to a nearby "expanded humanitarian area" which is already overcrowded and lacking in essential services.

In an interview with BBC news, Sam Rose explained that al-Mawasi is "essentially sand dunes on the Mediterranean coast that are crowded with hundreds of thousands of people" who have already been displaced.

"There is no water network, there is no infrastructure, sewage, sanitation," he said

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The California Supreme Court declared that law enforcement officers cannot detain individuals because they attempt to avoid police contact. This unanimous decision has stirred a significant response from police unions, who argue that it will hamper their ability to maintain public safety effectively.

The court, in a 7-0 decision, stated that actions such as appearing to conceal oneself or acting nervously do not alone provide a sufficient basis for officers to detain individuals.

This was elaborated in an opinion by Justice Carol Corrigan, emphasizing that while such behaviors could be considered within a broader context, they do not meet the threshold of “reasonable suspicion of criminal activity” necessary to legally detain someone.

The ruling stemmed from the case of Marlon Flores, arrested in 2019 in a gang-infested area of Los Angeles. The court’s papers detail how Flores appeared to avoid police by hiding behind a vehicle, trying to tie his shoes and avoiding contact with police, actions that the officers initially deemed suspicious, according to Epoch Times.

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Former President Donald Trump blasted President Joe Biden’s revision of Title IX to include protections for trans-identifying people in addition to the protections embedded for women and girls.

During a Friday appearance on the “Kayal and Company” Philadelphia talk radio show, Trump pointed out that Biden made the revision to the law as an “order of the president.”

But Trump finds it crazy and plans to “end it on day one” of taking office should he win the general election in November.

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Egypt says it will formally support South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Israel’s former foreign minister tells Al Jazeera it represents an ‘unbelievable diplomatic blow to Israel’.

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The Army’s latest television spots are aimed at different recruits than the service’s typical high-energy, parachute-and-tanks ads. In two new ads released today, the Army wants to catch the attention of civilians already working in science and engineering fields and sell them on similar jobs working for the military.

The civilian-targeted campaign, dubbed “Find Your Next Level,” features two commercials that show off two Army Civilian careers that mirror civilian jobs– one a scientist drilling into the ice in arctic conditions and the other an engineer surrounded by satellites the size of skyscrapers.

The two new commercials will be featured in television, print, digital billboards, streaming video, social platforms and audio channels.

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