Men are from Mars, women have more effective uptake of omega-3

Recently, a group of researchers at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne (Australia), which were investigating the effects of taking multivitamin and fish oil supplements together on the incorporation of Omega-3 fatty acids into red blood cells, have reached the conclusion that it was influenced by dosage, the concurrent intake of vitamin/minerals (some of them improved the incorporation) and gender: women have more effective uptake of these fatty acids. In [...]


Omega-3, cardiovascular function and exercise

Regular and moderate exercise strengthens your heart, even if you have heart disease (if this is the case, talk with your doctor about it). Furthermore, it lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol, helps manage stress, improves sleep and can help you to stay at a healthy weight. The cardiovascular system has important functions during exercise, among others: delivers oxygen and nutrients to muscles, and oxygenates blood by returning it to [...]


Omega-3 supplements, a good investment in our health

Did you know that, according to consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, around 75% of total United States health care expenditures (the sum of public and private health expenditure) are spent on preventable diseases as coronary heart disease, diabetes, age-related eye disease and osteoporosis? And that the use of certain dietary supplements could save a lot of money in health care costs? Let’s take the example of coronary heart disease, a [...]


Omega-3 fatty acids can help us to live menopausal transition

The menopausal transition is different for each woman. It starts with a varying menstrual cycle length and ends with the final menstrual period (it can begin up to 10 years prior to the last period). Some women experience few or no symptoms of menopause while others experience many physiological and psychological symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, memory problems, irritability, rapid changes in mood, weight gain, changes in skin texture, [...]


Omega-3 could help to prevent cardiovascular disease in cigarette smokers

Smoking is associated with endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness. Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), because the chemicals in cigarettes can damage the inner lining of the arteries (called the endothelium) accelerating the development of this disease. And atherosclerosis is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Why the hardening of the arteries can cause a heart attack or a stroke? Because once the blood [...]


Omega-3 fatty acids could help in retinopathy

Ocular neovascularization (formation of blood vessels in abnormal quantity, as in retinopathy), including that which occurs in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a primary cause of blindness in people of industrialized countries. In the neovascular form of AMD, the abnormal blood vessels grow from the choroid (highly vascularised middle layer of the eye, located between retina and sclera, which provides oxygen and nourishment to the retina) toward the outer retina. [...]