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 […]


Omega-3 and mental health

Mental wellbeing (how a person feels and how well him/her can cope with day-to-day life) is a key component of optimal health, while mental disorders (which affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior) may have consequences on someone’s ability to relate to others and to function each day. Among the factors affecting the mental health (genetics, stress, diet, sedentary lifestyle, drugs, and other environmental factors), dietary factors are important: […]


EPA and DHA supplementation in posttraumatic stress disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder is a reaction to a traumatic event that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a shocking, frightening, or dangerous event (a natural disaster, an accident, a violent personal assault, a sudden death of a loved one, or other life-threatening events). Most people who experience such events recover from them, but people with post-traumatic stress disorder continue to be depressed and anxious for months or […]


Omega-3 and oral health

Periodontal disease range from simple gum inflammation (gingivitis) to serious disease that causes major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth (periodontitis). Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth; plaque contains bacteria, which cause the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and form tartar, that brushing doesn’t clean (only […]


Aggressive behavior in kids

Children can show aggressive tendencies for many causes (mood disorders, impulsivity, frustration, etc.) and the standard treatment used to improve these behaviours is cognitive behavioural therapy. This therapy focuses on the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and provides the child ways to deal with difficult situations rather than to emotionally react to something. Several studies have suggested that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may reduce aggressive behavior in young […]