Modern work-life puts considerable strain on the performance of our brains: working hours are non-specific and work tasks have become more abstract. But how much does diet affect work productivity, cognitive performances and quality of life? Are there better tools for people to holistically monitor and take better control of their own health?

Life is complicated, we know. There are a lot of things that should and could be easier though, for instance knowing what to eat to enhance ones cognitive performance. To find answers and enable future solutions we joined forces with Nokia and Nightingale Health in a unique collaborative research project, bringing together cutting-edge technologies and expertise from different industries.

Let’s get biological
So… how does one increase understanding of holistic well-being and brain health? Well, we do it by uniquely combining a specially designed “brainfood” diet, digital biometrics and information from blood in a clinical research setting.

The data collected in the study will offer a unique opportunity to analyze the connections between cognition, physiology, sleep quality, stress tolerance and metabolism – and how they can be affected by the quality of nutrition and eating habits.

Who does what?
From Fazer, we will provide the "brainfood" meals, healthy food designed to be specifically beneficial for the brain and cognitive performance. The “brainfood” meals are specially designed for the study participants, based on the insights and knowledge we gained of food and nutritional science from the Fazer Brainhow programme.

Nokia will provide the physiological monitoring of stress, recovery and sleep in real life conditions, using their connected health devices and advanced cloud analytics.

Nightingale Health will measure comprehensive health information from blood samples taken throughout the trial and carry out statistical analysis of the study overall.

We’re equally honored and happy to collaborate with Nokia and Nightingale Health in this important research project. We’re really looking forward to the results of the study, which are expected to be available by the end of 2018.