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 […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3, big babies and gestational diabetes

Macrosomia (which affects up to 10% of deliveries) is one of the consequences of gestational diabetes (that develops during pregnancy when the body is not able to make enough insulin). The term macrosomia is used to describe a newborn who’s significantly larger than average (that is to say, he/she weighs more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces [4,000 grams]), regardless of his or her gestational age. Having a large baby can […]

 
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I feel my eyes dry

Dry eye syndrome has many causes: it occurs as a part of the natural aging process, as a side effect of some medications or dry environment or workplace (wind, air conditioning). Another cause is insufficient blinking, such as when we’re staring at a computer screen all day. But, always, dry eye is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication on the surface of the eye. One of the reasons […]

 
 
 
 

Meeting recommendations during pregnancy and lactation

It isn’t easy to follow all the advices for nutrition and lifestyle that rain on us (from health practitioners, relatives, friends, the internet and magazines) when we are planning to become, or we are already, pregnant. It isn’t. Although in many cases, we should not do it. We must always consult our doctor before. But some of the advices are good ones. Among them, dietary intake of omega-3 EPA and […]

 
 
 
 

Healthy eating habits

We must eat different foods in order to obtain the calories and nutrients we need. But how to choose the right foods to have a healthy diet? Here are some guidelines: Eat mainly vegetables, legumes and fruit. A diet rich in vegetables (potatoes don’t count) and fruits can decrease the probability of having a cardiovascular disease, cataract and macular degeneration, and possibly protects against some types of cancers. Eat whole […]