DHA in maternal stress during pregnancy

Cortisol is a hormone (a glucocorticoid) produced in response to stress and a low level of blood glucose, and it is known to play a key role in events underlying the development of the brain and other organ systems. Developing brain is particularly sensitive to exposure to the stress hormone cortisol. Intrauterine conditions that affect amygdala and hippocampus (two brain areas that develop at an early embryonic stage) are associated [...]

 
 
 
 

Young women over 60 also benefit from exercise and omega-3

Exercise is very important for women over 60 years old, and strength training (weight lifting or resistance training) is particularly helpful, because it can slow the muscle and bone deterioration that happens with the aging process. To practice regular strengthening exercises helps to prevent and treat arthritis and osteoporosis (stimulating the growth of muscle and bone) and is essential to staying strong and vital during older adulthood. It also can [...]

 
 
 
 

EPA+DHA supplementation is needed with the typical Western diet

It is estimated that Americans (which mainly follow a Western diet) consume less than 100 mg/day of EPA+DHA (while the current recommendations are 250 to 500 mg/day for healthy adults). A healthy adult requires at least an omega-3 index (the sum of EPA and DHA content in red blood cell membranes) of 8% to achieve their preventing benefits. This index predicts cardiovascular disease mortality. It has been recommended a value [...]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 in people with memory problems

Loneliness enhances risk for episodic (or autobiographical) memory impairment. As omega-3 fatty acids can improve cognitive function in people with mild cognitive difficulties, a group of researchers studied whether omega-3 supplementation would attenuate loneliness-related episodic memory problems. For this purpose, they administered omega-3 or placebo, daily for 4 months, to the participants in the study (who completed a loneliness questionnaire and a battery of cognitive tests both at the beginning [...]

 
 
 
 

How omega-3 can help us to keep new year's resolutions

A new year begins. We all know what that means: it’s time to make a list of “New Year’s resolutions”. Without doubt, one of them will be to do exercise in order to stay in shape and omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help us, considering that: Omega-3 supplementation makes easier the adaptation to a new exercise program. Omega-3 from fish oil supplementation improves the lipid profile (the different kinds [...]

 
 
 
 

Consumption of EPA and DHA is associated with more advanced vocabulary

The size of vocabulary is considered an indication of the range of knowledge and the level of thinking of people. A wide vocabulary is useful in school, at work and in social settings; it enable us to better understand the ideas of others, as well as communicate our thoughts and ideas more effectively. Moreover, vocabulary also has a strong relation with mathematics: to solve problems in maths, students use numbers [...]