• Stress and Mood
  • Mental Wellbeing

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Tackling stress through nutrition 

ARTICLE

  • Stress and Mood
  • Mental Wellbeing

Tackling stress through nutrition

Tackling stress through nutrition

Concept Card: Phospholipid Latte

Tackling stress through nutrition

Tackling stress through nutrition

Concept Card: Phospholipid & Protein Powder

Tackling stress through nutrition

Tackling stress through nutrition

Concept Card: Crispy Protein Granola Bar

Tackling stress through nutrition

Tackling stress through nutrition

Concept Card: Protein & Phospholipid Shake


Mental health, once viewed as a separate to physical health, is now understood to be intrinsically connected to our complete wellbeing.
Stress is often the catalyst of poor mental health and has been linked to everything from mood swings to lack of focus and long-term sleep issues.

According to the IPSOS Nutiani Consumer Wellness Research, over half of respondents (52%) experience increased irritability when stressed and 49% suffer from insomnia. The ability to think, learn and recall is also impacted for close to a third of consumers¹, which can disrupt their daily lives.

Overall mood and stress were among the top 10 prioritised wellbeing aspects in the IPSOS Nutiani Consumer Wellness Research
Edible solutions to stress management

As interest in mental health and wellbeing grows, consumers are on the hunt for solutions that go beyond traditional capsules and pills. Catering to this rising demand, we are now uncovering a new natural way to combat the effects of stress on our bodies.

Phospholipids, naturally present in milk as well as our bodies, are complex lipids that are gaining attention for their stress management capabilities. They are fundamental building blocks of the brain but decline in number as we age². Clinical studies have shown that boosting the concentration of phospholipids in the body improves memory performance, especially for people with high levels of stress³. Supplementary phospholipids are easily absorbed by the body, and consumption has been associated with supporting stress management, helping us stay focused⁴ and positive⁵.

 

“By delivering products that support mental health, we’re helping food brands tap into new consumer needs, such as mood-enhancement and cognitive performance under stress — issues that have amplified due to the pandemic. The functional benefits and format flexibility of Nutiani’s phospholipids will enable our customers to capture a bigger pie of the holistic nutrition space”

Charlotte Ortiz

Global Brand Marketing Manager, Nutiani

 
Sustained focus on mental health creates new opportunities

As we become increasingly aware of the importance of mental health in today’s volatile environment and develop a better understanding of nutrition, the value of functional ingredients as a key component of balanced diets will continue to grow. Our research further affirms this, revealing 54% of consumers turn to nutrition to manage stress and highlighting dairy protein as the second most preferred ingredient1.

There is now an exciting opportunity for our customers to tap directly into this shift and address the needs of consumers by incorporating science-backed ingredients such as phospholipids into their innovation pipelines. 

Learn more about Nutiani’s market-ready, consumer-tested phospholipids concepts.

 

1. IPSOS Nutiani, Consumer Wellness Research (August 2021).

2. Kosicek, M. & Hecimovic, S. (2013). Phospholipids and Alzheimer’s Disease: Alterations, Mechanisms and Potential Biomarkers. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 14(1): 1310–1322.

3. Hellhammer, J., Waladkhani, A., Hero, T., & Buss, C. (2010). Effects of milk phospholipid on memory and psychological stress response. British Food Journal, 112(10), 1124–1137.

4. Boyle N. B., at al. (2019). Effects of milk-based phospholipids on cognitive performance and subjective responses to psychosocial stress: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in high-perfectionist men. Nutrition, 57, 183-193.

5. Benton, D., Donohoe, R. T., Sillance, B., & Nabb, S. (2001). The Influence of Phosphatidylserine Supplementation on Mood and Heart Rate when Faced with an Acute Stressor. Nutritional Neuroscience, 4(3); 169-78.

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