Lower omega-3 intake among smokers

In previous posts, we have already talked about some findings about the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and smoking: lower omega-3 fatty acids levels have been observed among smokers; the dietary supplementation with EPA and DHA has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of daily cigarettes smoked and in tobacco craving episodes in regular smokers (comparing with placebo treatments); and it has been shown that supplementation with EPA […]

 
 
 
 

Sleep quality of pregnant women

Many studies have shown that maternal fatty acid consumption may influence length of gestation. Particularly, it seems that lower intake of DHA predicts shorter length of gestation. A possible mechanism that links DHA consumption and length of gestation has to do with its effect on sleep: DHA is associated with better sleep quality (subjective and objective). Moreover, sleep quality is linked with inflammation: there is an association between poor sleep […]

 
 
 
 

Mom, my tummy hurts

Recurrent abdominal pain is very usual in children (up to 10% of children). It occurs most commonly between ages 4 and 14 years, with peaks at 4-6 years and at 7-12 years, and girls are affected more often than boys. When we talk about “recurrent or functional abdominal pain” in childhood, we are referring to an abdominal pain that occurs for at least once a week for at least two […]

 
 
 
 

Global Organization for EPA and DHA recommended intakes

Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) is a not-for profit association, founded in 2006, which goals are to increase consumption of omega-3 to adequate levels around the world and to ensure that the industry is producing quality omega-3 products. The recommended intakes of EPA and DHA established by different governmental and scientific organizations vary widely; this is why GOED has developed its own recommendations, in order to simplify the […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 supplementation in cognitive decline

In humans, about 90% of all the brain’s neurons are located in the cerebral cortex (the outer layer), which is composed of grey matter. Most of the information processing in the brain takes place in diverse areas of the cerebral cortex (involving memory, attention, perception, thought, language and consciousness). The cerebral cortex is found only in mammals; in larger ones (including humans), its surface folds to create ridges and furrows, […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3, western diet and overweight

First of all, let’s clarify what is considered overweight y obesity from the perspective of health. Only weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is defined as overweight or obesity. And the tool used to assess weight in relation to height is the Body Mass Index (BMI): With the metric system, the formula for BMI is weight in kilograms divided by […]