EPA to improve exercise-induced muscle injury

Muscle can be damaged by external factors (for example, in contact sports), or by internal factors (mechanical or biological factors, triggered by un unusual exercise that involve eccentric muscle actions, for example). An eccentric muscle contraction occurs when a muscle opposes a stronger force, which causes the muscle to lengthen as it contracts (let us just think, for example, about opening a heavy door with one arm). Muscle eccentric contractions […]

 
 
 
 

Preventing cognitive impairment

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (group to which EPA and DHA belong) have anti-inflammatory effects and neuronal protective functions, and may be beneficial in the prevention of dementia. Dementia occurs when cells of the brain are damaged by some health condition, and it is characterized by the impairment of cognitive abilities such as attention, memory, language, logical reasoning, and problem-solving, as well as by the ocurrence of changes in mood or […]

 
 
 
 

Women, omega-3 and longevity

The “Women’s Health Initiative” is a long-term health study that began in 1993 with 161,808 women aged 50-79; its objective was to study the relationships between health (medical history), lifestyle (questionnaires), and risk factors, over time, with respect specific disorders. At the end of the initial study period (1993-2005), the follow-up of all women who consented continued, and this has enabled to perform many studies with their data (in subgroups […]

 
 
 
 

Preventing falls in older people

The typical Western diet and lifestyle promote the emergence of several chronic disorders; one of them (related to aging) has a very long name: osteosarcopenic obesity, which translated means deterioration of bone health, decline in muscle strength and mass, and increased presence of fat tissue in muscle and bone. The main causes of this problem are chronic diseases, drug therapy, genetic predisposition and environmental factors, but poor nutrition and lack […]

 
 
 
 

Acne in adult women

Acne occurs most often during puberty and affects adolescents and young adults, but it can occur at any stage of life. It can be caused by different factors (genetic predisposition, hormonal abnormalities, or immunological disorders) but it has also been observed a relation with lifestyle and diet: foods with a high glycemic load (for example bread, rice, pasta, and sweets) and dairy intake have been linked to acne, as well […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 supplementation and chronic pain

Between 10% and 25% of the world’s adult population has chronic pain, which is a pain that persists over time (for weeks, months, or even years). It can be mild or intense, intermittent or continuous, and may have many different causes: it may arise from a past injury, it can be a consequence of an ongoing cause (ear infection or arthritis, for example), or there may also be no clear […]