What is dyslipidemia?

Dyslipidemia means that cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood are too high or too low. The most common types are: High levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), low levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL) and high levels of triglycerides. The “bad” cholesterol contributes to form a plaque in the inner wall of the arteries. The “good” cholesterol helps remove “bad” cholesterol from the arteries. Triglycerides are another type of fat, and […]


Quality of life in the elderly: Prevention of cognitive decline

In the 20th century, life expectancy increased by more than 30 years. We are fortunate. But health expectancy is around 10 years shorter than life expectancy, which means that the last decade of our life is likely to be marked by disability or disease. Older persons with an inadequate supply of micronutrients and antioxidants may be at a higher risk for loss of cognitive functions. Various nutrients are crucial for proper brain functioning, especially in […]


Omega-3 supplementation during menopause

Metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions (high blood pressure, high blood glucose, high levels of triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol and too much fat around the waist) that increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, may occur in 40%-50% of postmenopausal women. A person who has metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who […]


How DHA may help our children when they reach adolescence

Adolescents with positive mental health have an advantage when they meet the challenges and responsibilities of adulthood, even if they have experienced difficult circumstances in life (such as poverty, health problems, or difficult family relationships). One dimension of positive mental health is “resilience”: the ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. Resilience can be understood as the ability to handle stress positively, and during adolescence it is […]


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 […]