Monthly archives: September 2014

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 could help to prevent cardiovascular disease in cigarette smokers

Smoking is associated with endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness. Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), because the chemicals in cigarettes can damage the inner lining of the arteries (called the endothelium) accelerating the development of this disease. And atherosclerosis is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Why the hardening of the arteries can cause a heart attack or a stroke? Because once the blood […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 fatty acids could help in retinopathy

Ocular neovascularization (formation of blood vessels in abnormal quantity, as in retinopathy), including that which occurs in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a primary cause of blindness in people of industrialized countries. In the neovascular form of AMD, the abnormal blood vessels grow from the choroid (highly vascularised middle layer of the eye, located between retina and sclera, which provides oxygen and nourishment to the retina) toward the outer retina. […]

 
 
 
 

EPA and DHA: importance of consumption patterns

Studies have shown that the increased intake of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from fish oil supplements is linked to reductions in cardiometabolic markers, improvements in overall health and cardiovascular and metabolic disease prevention. On previous occasions, we have talk about the importance of amounts, purity and concentration of these kind of supplements (and will do so again); now is the time to talk about patterns of consumption. […]