Monthly archives: April 2013

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 fatty acids could increase life expectancy

The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids to cardiovascular health have been known for some time. But now, a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington suggests that elderly people with high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, the fatty acids found in fish, could see their overall risk of mortality reduced by 27% and their risk of mortality due to heart disease […]

 
 

First cause of death in women

The first cause of death in women is cardiovascular disease. Yes, more women die from this cause than from any other and, contrary to popular belief, cardiovascular disease kill more women than men. There are several risk factors unique to women, behind them: gestational diabetes mellitus, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, polycystic ovarian syndrome and the intake of oral estrogens (we will talk about all them in next posts). Several studies have […]

 
 
 
 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

It’s known that Omega-3 fatty acids have an important role in the development of cognitive functions, but some recent studies have showed that they, besides, may be useful in the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. In aged persons, there’s a transitional phase between mild cognitive decline and disabling dementia when it’s not clear whether the deficits predict dementia or not and the mild memory or cognitive impairment cannot be […]

 
 
 
 

Diet and evolution

We use to think that humans are a good example of environment adaptation but, in fact, we are genetically adapted to the environment… that our ancestors live in! The profound changes (types of foods, nutrient qualities and lifestyle conditions), that began slowly with the domestication of plants and animals (around 10.000 years ago) and become very fast with the Industrial Revolution (food-processing, among others procedures) have occurred too quickly (on […]

 
 
 
 

DHA and brain development

DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the human brain and play a cardinal role in behavior, cognition and mood, because of its importance for the formation and function of the nervous system and especially the brain. During pregnancy and lactation (from around 24 weeks of gestation to 2 years of age), the central nervous system is more vulnerable to DHA deficiency: if sufficient DHA is not available […]