Omega-3 and the formation of blood cells

Hematopoiesis is the process of formation, development, and differentiation of blood cells. Before birth, in the embryo and fetus, it takes place in the liver, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and bone marrow; from birth throughout the rest of life it occurs mainly in the bone marrow, though also, but in a lesser extent, in lymph nodes, spleen and liver (outside the bone marrow). All types of blood cells are derived […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 and memory in older adults

Age-related memory loss is a major health concern of older adults, because it can represent a loss of identity and a loss of independence. Memory declines with age and up to a certain degree, this is normal, and not a sign of dementia. As we said in a previous post, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), alone or combined with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), helps to improve memory in older adults with mild problems […]

 
 
 
 

Paddle and omega-3

There are different versions about the origin of paddle: one relates its history with other racket sports like tennis or badminton, other affirms that it is a reduced version of tennis sport (developed at the beginning as an activity for children, with smaller dimensions than a tennis court). With respect to padle, there’s no problem: the only approved by the International Padel Federation says that the sport was born in […]

 
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Omega-3, visual acuity and ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed pediatric neurobehavioral disorders, but it is known that sensory impairments in children are associated with a higher percentage of this disorder. On one hand, for this children is more difficult to focus while reading or listening to lectures in a classroom; on the other hand, ADHD is diagnosed based on tests that consider school performance and attentiveness (among others factors). […]

 
 
 
 

Depression and omega-3

Depression is a common disorder that results from biochemical, environmental, and genetic factors, just like most other diseases. And, like these, it requires treatment. There is one big difference between depression and other chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes): people with depression often experience greater stigma for their illness because of wrong ideas about its causes and treatments (e.g. some people think that it is due to personal weakness). For this reason, quite […]

 
 
 
 

DHA may be useful in the management of autism

Autism spectrum disorders (autism, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder) are a group of related neurological developmental disorders that affect approximately 45 to 110 individuals per 10,000, and they have in common the following characteristics: persistent deficits in social communication and interaction; restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior; symptoms must be present in the first two years of life and cause significant impairment in several areas of functioning (e.g.: social […]