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Eating for Academic Success

(KUTV) Salt Lake City – A new study from researchers in Spain has shown that eating a “Mediterranean Diet” is associated with better grades in high school student. The Mediterranean Diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts/seeds, fermented foods, and healthy fats from fish and olives has previously been shown to improve cognitive performance and maintain brain function in older adults, but this new research shows a similar effect in teenagers. Today on Fresh Living Psycho-Nutritionist Dr. Shawn Talbott joined the hosts to discuss why the Mediterranean diet can increase cognitive function, and how to incorporate its guidelines into your diet.

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A new study from researchers in Spain has shown that eating a “Mediterranean Diet” is associated with better grades in high school students (Adelantado-Renau M, et al. Acta Paediatr. 2018).

The Mediterranean Diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts/seeds, fermented foods, and healthy fats from fish and olives has previously been shown to improve cognitive performance and maintain brain function in older adults, but this new research shows a similar effect in teenagers.

Many of the nutrients found in the Mediterranean diet (probiotics, prebiotics, flavonoids, unsaturated fatty acids, etc) are known to improve brain blood flow, increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factors, and balance neurotransmitters – all of which can stimulate cognitive function.

Students in this study not only had improvements in academic performance across many different subjects (language skills, core subjects, verbal ability, and grade point averages), but they also had significant improvements in sleep quality. Overall, there was a positive association for adherence to the Mediterranean diet with sleep quality and with improved final grades.

This study shows that encouraging your teenager to eat fewer hamburgers and drink less soda – and instead eat more salads with salmon, could help them be calmer (better sleep quality) and smarter (better academic performance).

About the Author:

Dr. Shawn Talbott is a Psycho-Nutritionist who studies natural approaches to help people feel and perform their best.

He received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Sports Medicine (B.S.) & Fitness Management (B.A.) from Marietta College, his Master’s degree (M.S.) in Exercise Science from UMASS, and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers. As an entrepreneur, he has completed the Entrepreneurial Master’s Program, Entrepreneur Development Program, and Advanced Certificate for Executives at MIT’s Sloan School of Business – and has developed some of the top-selling nutraceutical products on the market, generating over $1 billion in sales around the world.

Dr. Talbott’s research integrates physiology, biochemistry, and psychology to improve human performance and optimize vigor (physical energy, mental acuity, & emotional well-being).Some of hisrecent projects include two academic textbooks, an award-winning documentary film, and several best-selling books translated into multiple languages. His work has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, the TED stage, and the White House.

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