Mental Wellness: Mastering the Market On Demand

This is the portal for the On Demand content from the Naturally Informed Mental Wellness: Mastering the Market virtual conference that took place January 20-21, 2021. Click the videos to play the session and click the slide button to access the slides for that session if they were made available to us. 

KEYNOTE: Nutrition for Life: Introducing the Link Between Food, Brain Development, Mental Performance & Behaviour

In our opening keynote, Alex Richardson, introduces the role of nutrition in brain development and function, and how diet impacts behaviour, learning, mood and cognitive performance. Dr. Richardson outlines the importance of good nutrition – and particularly fatty acids – for brain functioning, mood and behaviour throughout life, presenting evidence to demonstrate how dietary changes can improve learning ability and mood and may help children and adults with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and other related conditions.

KEYNOTE: This is Your Brain on Food

Our Day 2 Keynote kicked off with an information-packed keynote address presented by Dr. Uma Naidoo, author of This Is Your Brain on Food. A Harvard psychiatrist who has studied nutrition and is a trained professional chef, Dr. Uma will draw on cutting-edge research to explain the many ways in which food contributes to our mental health. Learn about the connection between the gut and brain, and gain valuable insights into how a sound diet can help prevent and remedy a range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety to OCD. 

E-sports & Gaming: An Emerging Opportunity for Mental Performance and Agility

Often seen as a niche market, for those in the know it’s anything but. More than 2.7 billion people game worldwide – in a market estimated to be worth more than $200 billion USD by 2023. As the multi-million prizes for esports grow, a new generation of gamers looking for an edge will drive new supplement products and applications that are destined to fuel supplement growth for years. Currently underdeveloped, the gaming nutrition category is an open space for innovative brands looking to develop new markets.

Nootropics Market: Nutrition for Memory & Cognition

Between 2015 and 2020, the market for memory and cognitive health-positioned supplements saw a compound annual growth rate of 7% globally, according to Euromonitor data. In this panel session we take a deep dive into the market, science, and applications of nootropic supplements and the implication for retailers. A series of short presentations from experts will outline key trends and new developments in the market, before our experts come together to discuss the opportunity in a panel session and open Q&A.

Dr. Miller and Joana’s slides are available via the above link. Please click here for access to Matthew Oster’s slides. 

Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis and Mental Well-Being

Stress-related disorders exert a major economic impact in all European countries. The brain-gut-microbiota axis has been described as a new paradigm for advancing understanding and treatment of such diseases. There is now overwhelming evidence to support the fact that gut microbes have a major impact on central neurochemistry and behaviour, especially in stress-related disorders such as depression. Recent studies indicate that patients with depression have altered gut microbes. The reason for this dysbiosis is uncertain. Over recent decades, dietary patterns in Europe and elsewhere have undergone significant compositional changes, with increased intakes of red meat, high-fat foods, and refined sugars. Individuals who consume a Mediterranean diet have lower rates of depression, and a recent study suggests that a Mediterranean diet may have antidepressant properties. 

New Ashwagandha Research for Stress, Sleep & Immune Health

The growing focus on Emotional Wellbeing over the last year has led to increased interest in adaptogens to help consumers effectively tackle increasing levels of stress, anxiety and sleep related conditions. Research has shown that Ashwagandha is able to help with these conditions, but the most recent research goes beyond that. It shows that Ashwagandha can not only decrease stress and anxiety but also shows measurable increases in restorative sleep and improvement in overall immune health. Dr. Michael Lelah discusses how stress effects sleep and immune health and how Ashwagandha can benefit the consumers overall Emotional Wellbeing. This session is underwritten by NutriScience Innovations

State of the World: Stressed, Tired, and Foggy Trends and Opps

Mental wellbeing issues continuing to gain prevalence across the globe. What does this mean for the food, beverage, and dietary supplement industries? This panel offers an update on the market, with a focus on how mental health is being impacted as concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic continue. Experts will explore how brands can respond to these issues, with a look at ingredients and innovations, as well as claims and strategies for positioning products and communicating with consumers. 

Psychedelic Therapy: Healing Hearts, Minds and Souls

Psychedelic-assisted therapy can help heal epidemics of depression, PTSD, addiction, and anxiety. David Bronner discusses how Dr. Bronner’s Heal Soul campaign supported various efforts and organizations working to integrate these medicines and therapies.

Creating a Healthier, Happier (and Successful!) Workplace

Workplace stress is the silently emerging public health crisis; a recent survey revealed that in the U.S. and the UK, there was a 27% drop in self-reported mental wellness in the workplace across all segments and populations. For frontline workers, it’s an especially trying time. Leading experts offer valuable insights and tools to help companies throughout the natural products industry address workplace stress and employee burnout.