Nutrition, the Brain and Epigenomics: A Lifelong Approach to Optimal Cognition

Margaret Joy Dauncey
PhD, ScD, FRSB
University of Cambridge

 

KEY FINDINGS:

  • In humans, nutrition has a lifelong impact on cognitive function.
  • Malnutrition in the critical early phases of brain development can cause long-term cognitive deficits.
  • A lifelong approach to nutritional optimization of cognition should focus first on optimal-energy status, then (as needed) on key nutrients linked with epigenomics and cognition.
  • With further research, insights into the nutritional regulation of gene expression could provide novel lifelong approaches to optimal cognition and well-being for our pets.

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“Insights into nutritional regulation of gene expression, involving a One Health strategy across species, should provide novel lifelong approaches to optimal cognition and mental well-being in companion animals.”