Monthly archives: April 2014

 
 
 
 

The roles of DHA in health - Part I

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the human brain (although its levels depend on the type and amount of fatty acids in the diet), plays a fundamental role in behavior, cognition and mood, because of its importance for the formation and functioning of neurons and brain circuits. So, DHA is implicated in processes that underlie cognitive development: it may have a role in increasing the speed […]

 
 
 
 

Frequent headaches - Part I: The problem

Headaches are a worldwide problem that affect people of all ages, races, income levels and geographical areas. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 50% to 75% of adults aged between 18-65 years have suffered a headache in the last year and amongst them more than 10% have reported migraine. There are different types of headache: tension headache (due to tight muscles in shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw; often related to […]

 
 
 
 

Sport and omega-3

As we have said on previous posts, human beings evolved consuming a diet that contained amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 in a ratio of about 1:1 to 2:1, but dietary changes over the past decades in the intake of these polyunsaturated fatty acids have increased this proportion. Nowadays, in Western diets the ratio is between 15:1 and 16.7:1 (optimal dietary intakes should be around 1-4:1). Needless to say, Western diets […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 during pregnancy and children's behavioural problems

The most common psychosocial problems in children include disorders associated with emotions (e.g. sadness, anxiety, depression, anger), behaviour (e.g. relationship disturbances with friends and family, aggressiveness), disorders associated with psychological factors (e.g. abdominal pain, feeding and sleeping disturbances) and mental performance (e.g. poor school performance). These disorders may be caused by diverse factors and to assess and treat them, if necessary, we must consult a health care professional. A group […]