DHA and sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries

When we speak about traumatic brain injury (TBI), we mean an injury caused by an external physical force (e.g., when a violent strike to the head causes the brain to bump against the inside of the skull or when an object penetrates the brain). The resulting damage can be confined to one area of the brain or involve more than one area, and depending on the extent of the damage, [...]


Omega-3 supplementation could reduce fatigue among breast cancer survivors

Fatigue (feelings of tiredness, weakness and lack of energy) is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment and affects up to 99% of breast cancer patients receiving radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy with an intensity and duration greater than that experienced by healthy individuals. This fatigue may persist for months or even years after completion of treatment. A significant proportion of breast cancer survivors experience fatigue that compromises [...]


Why and what Omega-3 supplements?

In 1963, more than 50 years ago, some scientists of Harvard demonstrated for the first time that humans require the dietary intake of certain polyunsaturated fatty acids that our body is unable to synthesize (for this reason, these fatty acids are named essentials). Nowadays, we know that the essential fatty acids of the omega-6 series and the omega-3 series (the most important of which are linolenic acid [LNA], from plant [...]


Omega-3 in age-related hearing loss

Age-related hearing loss is common in the older people and means a problem both for sufferers and for those who communicate with them. It is believed that it’s origin is in the cochlea (the auditory portion of the inner ear), that is highly vascularized. There are many factors that can predispose individuals to age-related hearing loss: the aging process itself, genetic risk factors, exposure to noise and disruptions to cochlear [...]


Omega-3 supplementation may help in quitting smoking

Smoking causes 87% of lung cancer deaths and is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems: lung, heart and blood vessel diseases, stroke and cataracts, among others. At least 60 of the chemical agents of cigarette smoke cause cancer, but nicotine is the only substance in cigarettes that generates dependence. Nicotine reaches the brain in 30 seconds and there it stimulates the release of chemical substances that create [...]


Omega-3 and polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most usual endocrine disorder (among women, of course) and the percentage of women affected is growing. It consists in having many small cysts on the ovaries, which, moreover, make more androgens than normal (androgens are male hormones that females also produce), and can affect the woman’s menstrual cycle (missed or irregular periods). It can also affect her ability to have children (the most common cause [...]