EPA and DHA protect from PCBs

Risk factors for stroke (high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and diabetes) have been associated with dietary intake of contaminants, including synthetic compounds such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were marketed for nearly 50 years (from 1929 until the end of the 1970s, when they were banned in most parts of the world because of environmental concerns), being used in electrical equipment, surface coatings, inks, adhesives, flame-retardants, and […]

 
 
 
 

Cardiometabolic benefits of exercise

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises the risk for heart disease and other health problems: high blood glucose, high blood pressure, high level of blood triglycerides, low level of good cholesterol and central obesity (increased fat deposits around the abdominal organs). Lifestyle changes can reverse these factors: the combination of weight loss and exercise produces the best effect (improvement of blood glucose and […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 and obesity

Obesity has increased over the last decades, in addition to occurring earlier in life (nowadays, there is more obesity in children worldwide than ever before). And being overweight or obese (to have too much body fat) is not just a cosmetic problem, but it increases the risk of diseases and health problems. However, even modest weight loss can improve or prevent these consequences, and dietary changes and increased physical activity […]

 
 
 
 

EPA, DHA and dryness of the eyes

When the eyes don’t make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly, persons can experiment feelings of dryness, grittiness (that get worse throughout the day), burning and red eyes, and blurred vision (which usually improves when blinking). The evaluation of the dryness of the eyes includes the measure of: The matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) – Which are a class of enzymes involved in the degradation of molecules secreted by cells […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 and low levels of amniotic fluid

Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds the fetus in the uterus during pregnancy, and is part of the baby’s life support system: It protects him/her (cushioning sudden movements and keeping a constant temperature), keeps the umbilical cord (that carries food and oxygen from the placenta to the baby) from being squeezed, and aids in the development of bones, muscles, lungs and digestive system. It is first made up of […]

 
 
 
 

Reading problems may be overcome

Children start developing their literacy skills before they are able to read or write; these skills include: talking, vocabulary (quantity and quality of words, and knowledge of the word meanings), comprehension, print knowledge (for example, being able to identify the alphabet), and knowledge of the sounds that make up words. To prevent further problems, it is important to identify reading difficulties in a child’s preschool and early school years. In […]