Monthly archives: January 2014


Dietary omega-3 supplements can penetrate the blood-brain barrier

A Swedish study presented in the Journal of Internal Medicine establishes that dietary omega-3 supplements can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, allowing the fatty acids to reach the brain. The blood-brain barrier separates the central nervous system from blood, preventing or slowing the passage of some chemical compounds, radioactive ions and disease-causing organisms (such as viruses). Why is this important? Because this finding has implications for the use of omega-3 as a treatment […]


Assisted Reproductive Techniques and prematurity

Preterm birth occurs when a woman gives birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy (a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks) and “low birth weight infants” are born weighing less than 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Given that important growth and development occurs in the final weeks of pregnancy, pre-term babies may have health problems because their organs, including the brain, lungs and liver, did not have enough time to develop. Infants born […]


Fight prostate cancer with diet

In men worldwide, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and the sixth most common cause of death from cancer. In the US, around one in six men will be diagnosed with this type of cancer during their lifetime. According to the outcomes of research conducted at UCLA (University of California-Los Angeles), men with prostate cancer who follow a low-fat diet and take omega-3 supplements from fish oil have […]


Oral consumption of omega-3 improves dry eye symptoms

When the eye does not produce tears properly (the lacrimal glands fail to produce enough of the watery component of tears to maintain a healthy eye surface) or when the tears evaporate too quickly (because of inflammation of the glands that make the oily part of tears that slows evaporation), we talk about dry eye, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, dysfunctional tear syndrome or lacrimal keratoconjunctivitis, among others names. Dry eye (if it […]


Why fish oil as source of omega-3?

There are two different versions of omega-3: long-chain and short-chain. Long-chain omega-3, which include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), have longer molecular chains. And this is a very important difference between omega-3 from fish oil (from fish, crustaceans and molluscs) and omega-3 from plants (canola, linseed, primrose, hempseed, etc.): land plants only contain short-chain omega-3 and none, or low levels of EPA and DHA. These are produced from […]