Monthly archives: June 2014

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 supplementation may help in quitting smoking

Smoking causes 87% of lung cancer deaths and is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems: lung, heart and blood vessel diseases, stroke and cataracts, among others. At least 60 of the chemical agents of cigarette smoke cause cancer, but nicotine is the only substance in cigarettes that generates dependence. Nicotine reaches the brain in 30 seconds and there it stimulates the release of chemical substances that create […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 and polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most usual endocrine disorder (among women, of course) and the percentage of women affected is growing. It consists in having many small cysts on the ovaries, which, moreover, make more androgens than normal (androgens are male hormones that females also produce), and can affect the woman’s menstrual cycle (missed or irregular periods). It can also affect her ability to have children (the most common cause […]

 
 
 
 

The roles of EPA in health - Part II

As we promised in “The roles of EPA in health – Part I”, we are going to talk about the main beneficial roles of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in our health: EPA prevents cartilage degradation related with chronic inflammatory joint diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis) and research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids intake decreases the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, dysmenorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease and neuropathy and allows to reduce […]

 
 
 
 

The roles of DHA in health - Part II

Beyond its role in cognitive development in children, DHA continues to have an important role in the adult brain. It improves the communication between neurons in the hipoccampus, a brain area that plays an important role in memory, and is implicated in cognition and mood regulation. The research confirms that DHA is essential for normal neurological development, maintenance of learning and memory, and brain plasticity (the ability of the brain […]