Yearly archives: 2015


EPA, DHA, and endometrial cancer type I

Endometrial cancer (endometrium is the inner lining of the womb) is the most common gynecologic cancer and the fourth most common for women worldwide. A PTEN gene mutation is present in approximately 40-80% of endometrial cancer cases, but its mutations have been also found in other types of cancer: prostate and colorectal cancers, some brain tumors and melanoma (skin cancer). This gene provides instructions to our body for making an […]


EPA, DHA an addiction to nicotine

More people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than to any other drug. Research suggests that nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. Its temporarily pleasing physical and mood-altering effects make people want to smoke and lead to dependence, and stopping to smoke causes withdrawal symptoms (feeling irritable, angry, or anxious, having trouble thinking, craving tobacco products and feeling hungrier than usual). Moreover, nicotine addiction […]


EPA and DHA in periodontal disease

Half of Americans over 30 years of age have periodontitis, an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. In its early stage (gingivitis), the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation (the response to the presence of harmful bacteria). When the mouth is healthy, the gums fit tightly around each tooth, but gum disease can produce deeper spaces around the teeth called periodontal […]


Oxidative stress, exercise and EPA

During exercise, increased “reactive oxygen species” production occurs, and this can lead to a decline of individual’s performance and health (due to cell damage). “Reactive oxygen species” are chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen and have important roles in normal functioning: they are needed for the production of some hormones and normal cell functions, and are generated to kill some bacteria. But if their levels increase (during exercise, exposure to ultra […]


Omega-3 and gastrointestinal cancer

On one hand, EPA and DHA have protective effects against chronic inflammatory diseases such as cancer, since they have multiple beneficial antitumor functions (against proliferation, cell survival, angiogenesis, inflammation, and metastasis). On the other hand, Western diet (high in omega-6 and low in omega-3 intake) is associated with the development of esophageal, breast, gastric, colon, and pancreatic and prostate cancers, and studies on the fatty acid level in patients with […]


Omega-3 may slow the cognitive decline

When we speak of cognition, we are referring to the combination of mental processes that includes the ability to learn new things, intuition, judgment, language, and remembering. The impairment of cognitive health have important consequences for a person’s well-being, because persons who experience it may be unable to care for themselves. Cognitive impairment may occur at any age, but its probability increases exponentially with advancing age. It is known that […]