Monthly archives: May 2014

 
 
 
 

Frequent headaches - Part II: A possible solution

As we said in a previous post, a dietary intervention could reduce headaches: An omega-6, the arachidonic acid (AA), is involved in several ways in pain processing (in different steps of its metabolism). Some diets may promote physical pain by increasing the amount and/or metabolism of AA in nervous and immune system tissues. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of them omega-3, are competitors of AA. This means […]

 
 
 
 

DHA and predisposition to type 2 diabetes in the offspring of gestational diabetic mothers

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy and goes away after childbirth (diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are too high). Newborns of mothers that have suffered gestational diabetes have lower cord plasma DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) levels and are more susceptible to the development of type 2 diabetes in adulthood. Leading to the question: Is DHA involved in this susceptibility? In adults, […]

 
 
 
 

The roles of EPA in health - Part I - Inflammation

Inflammation is the response of our immune system to infection or injury. When something harmful affects a part of our body, the immune system acts to remove it and begin the healing process. Inflammation is a sign that the body is trying to heal itself. Infections, wounds and any damage to tissue would never health without inflammation, but excessive or inappropriate inflammatory responses contribute to some acute diseases (e.g.: acute […]