Omega-3 for aggressive behaviour

Today, we share a curious new: Prisoners with lower omega-3 index (EPA + DHA level in red blood cells) are more aggressive and have higher scores in attention deficit disorder scales. Lately, it has been observed that omega-3 supplementation contributes to a decrease in aggressive behaviour in prison populations. In order to evaluate this observation, a group of Australian researchers have conducted a study with 136 adult male prisoners: their […]


Omega-3 supplementation in the treatment of children with ADHD

Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common child disorder, often treated with stimulant medication (methylphenidate). But lately, the interest in non-pharmacological treatments is increasing, due mainly by the secondary effects of medication. These approaches include dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids. To evaluate the effects of dietary omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on ADHD symptoms in boys aged 8-14 years with and without ADHD, 44 boys with ADHD and 39 […]


Omega-3 may improve antidepressant response

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They improve mood and behaviour in people with depression and generally have fewer side effects than most other antidepressants. But up to 50% patients do not respond to treatment with SSRIs. Recently, a group of researchers have performed a study in which increasing fatty fish (rich in EPA and DHA) intake appears to increase the percentage of response in […]


Omega-3 in postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome

As we have explained in “DHA, EPA and metabolic syndrome”, metabolic syndrome is not a disease but a combination of at least three of the following conditions: high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high blood levels of triglycerides and low levels of the “good cholesterol”, and excess body fat around the waist; and it is important because it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and can lead to insulin […]


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 […]