The brain requires a large proportion of our total nutrient and energy intake for metabolism. Essential nutrients allow the brain to function day to day, as well as to develop and repair itself. This influences our mood and behaviour, and therefore also cognitive ability and mental performance.
The foundation for brain health can be laid very early in life. Preterm infants, for example, are at risk of developing impaired brain function in later life. It is clear that research into brain development, health and disease is needed to understand these challenges and to find future solutions.
Research into the brain is both complex and rewarding. The brain is a structure with about 100 billion interconnected cells. The brain controls a range of actions, including learning, speech and voluntary movements. However, brain diseases and dysfunction are common.
Nutricia Research has high-level expertise in various areas like neuroscience, lipid science, gut-immune-brain axis, ketogenesis and imaging. The last decade we have been studying the effects of a combination of nutrients on neurodegeneration, synaptogenesis and cognitive function using numerous techniques and methods. By putting our ‘brains’ together, we can leverage our knowledge in neuroscience. We aim to develop synergistic and unique nutritional concepts delivering breakthrough innovations. An example is the development of a product for the dietary management of mild Alzheimer’s disease.
The basis of a well-functioning brain starts already very early in life, even before birth, and nutrient intake has great influence on its development.
We work with well-known national and international scientists at leading universities including Prof. dr. Richard Wurtman, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as partnering in well-established consortia, such as the EU-funded LipiDiDiet consortium.