Chronobiology and nutrition

Y. Tahara, S. Shibata*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Numerous long-term studies have investigated the circadian clock system in mammals, which organizes physiological functions, including metabolism, digestion, and absorption of food, and energy expenditure. Food or nutrition can be a synchronizer for the circadian clock systems, as potent as the external light-dark signal can be. Recent studies have investigated different kinds of food, frequency of consumption, and time of consumption for optimizing body clock and ensuring healthy habits. In this review, we discuss recent studies investigating chronobiology and nutrition, and then summarize available information as "Chrono-nutrition" for the development of a new standardized research strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-88
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 3


  • Circadian rhythm
  • Clock
  • Liver
  • Obesity
  • Period 2
  • SCN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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