It all comes down to aspartame. It is widely used in more than 6.000 foods, starting from sugar-free soft drinks and desserts and ending up with medications, such as cough drops and gummy vitamins to add a touch of sweetness to it. You can recognize aspartame by food additive number E951.

Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy to improve our mood, and lower anxiety or depression. Inhaled essential oils are immediately taken up into the brain and therefore have a direct influence on brain functioning. However, it wasn’t clear which types or what dose would produce the optimal results. Until now. A recent study investigated […]

First of all, what is tryptophan and what is so special about it? Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps our body make melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin is responsible for our good night sleep, while serotonin regulates our appetite, mood and pain. Moreover, our liver can also use tryptophan to produce vitamin B3, which […]

We know that one of the pillars of healthy brain while aging is to stay physically active. But does it work two ways? Can brain disorders early in life cause the problems with physical health later on?

According to a recent study, older adults with mild cognitive impairment or dementia could benefit from active music-making. The study analyzed all relevant studies on the effect of music on the mental health of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. The mental health was determined by 5 aspects: quality of life, depression, anxiety, mood […]

According to a recent large Australian study, eating more fruit and vegetables can lead to less stress across adults of all ages!

Many people believe that smoking helps to cope with stress and to strengthen social connections. A recent study aimed to back-up these beliefs. It summarized evidence from 102 observational studies involving over 169.500 people to find a relation between stopping smoking and mental health. The conclusions were the opposite.

Exercise makes us happy and is important to maintain mental health. According to a recent small German study, even non-exercise activities, like climbing stairs, walking or any other everyday physical activity, significantly enhance alertness and give more energy, especially in people with mood disorders, like depression. Alertness and energy were seen in this study as […]

Many people drink a glass of white wine if they have fish for dinner. But did you know that red wine is a perfect companion for fatty fish? This combination will not only make your evening enjoyable, but is also healthy.

Intermittent fasting seems to be an easy and direct way to stimulate your brain. It is experienced by the body as a mild stress. In case of mild stress, cells of the brain respond adaptively by improving their ability to function properly and resist disease.