What is depression?

The World Mental Health Survey conducted in 17 countries concluded that depression affects 350 million people, and is a leading cause of disability worldwide, especially in high-income countries. But, what is depression? To be depressed is more than just feeling sad. Depression can present itself in many ways but, depending on Depression First Aid Guidelines, for someone to be diagnosed with depression symptoms must include five or more of the […]


Omega-3 for acne

Approximately 80% of people (of all races) have acne at some point between the ages of 11 and 30 (although older and younger people also can have it). The exact cause of acne is not known, but androgens (hormones that increase in boys and girls during puberty), which make the skin’s oil glands get larger and make more sebum (the skin’s natural oil), seem to play an important role in […]


Omega-3 intake and heart health

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is an independent health research organization at the University of Washington that provides rigorous measurement of the world’s most important health problems. A study of this organization (that includes data for death and disability from 291 diseases, conditions, and injuries as well as 67 risk factors) estimates that, in the United States, 1.4 million deaths caused by coronary heart disease (a narrowing of […]


What is dyslipidemia?

Dyslipidemia means that cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood are too high or too low. The most common types are: High levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), low levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL) and high levels of triglycerides. The “bad” cholesterol contributes to form a plaque in the inner wall of the arteries. The “good” cholesterol helps remove “bad” cholesterol from the arteries. Triglycerides are another type of fat, and […]


Quality of life in the elderly: Prevention of cognitive decline

In the 20th century, life expectancy increased by more than 30 years. We are fortunate. But health expectancy is around 10 years shorter than life expectancy, which means that the last decade of our life is likely to be marked by disability or disease. Older persons with an inadequate supply of micronutrients and antioxidants may be at a higher risk for loss of cognitive functions. Various nutrients are crucial for proper brain functioning, especially in […]


Omega-3 supplementation during menopause

Metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions (high blood pressure, high blood glucose, high levels of triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol and too much fat around the waist) that increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, may occur in 40%-50% of postmenopausal women. A person who has metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who […]