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Bugs for your brain? The effect of prebiotics, probiotics and fermented foods on cognition

Bugs for your brain? The effect of prebiotics, probiotics and fermented foods on cognition

When it comes to health, we’re all after a quick fix, but new research shows neither popping a prebiotic or probiotic pill, or consuming fermented foods, has an effect on boosting our brain power. So, does this mean you should throw out those pills and kefir for good? Not quite. Cognition – the scientific term for brain power – refers to the mental processes of gaining knowledge and understanding, including thinking, knowing, remembering, judging and problem solving. Research into the role of diet on cognition is rapidly growing with studies showing that certain diets (i.e. the Mediterranean diet) could have positive benefits for cognition, in particular for the elderly. Although it...