Monthly archives: February 2016

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 intake is insufficient

Many studies have shown the cardiovascular benefits of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA and DHA are the most important). That is why institutions such as The American Heart Association and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which are recognized worldwide, recommend at least two servings of fish per week, especially oily fish, rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA (that translates into, at least, 250 mg per day […]

 
 
 
 

Regular care, the best prevention

In the United States, more than one in ten babies are born too early every year. Preterm birth (or premature birth) is the birth of an infant before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Depending on gestational age, it can be extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks), very preterm (from 28 to less than 32 weeks), and moderate preterm (from 32 to less than 37 weeks). Many organ (including the brain, lungs, […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 and cognitive performance in adolescents

The brain develops until after age 20. During adolescence, the brain area most in development is the prefrontal cortex (an area especially enriched in DHA), which is very important in higher cognitive functions (inhibition and interference, working memory, and cognitive flexibility). These functions are used in reasoning and problem solving. So, they are important for academic success, although, of course, school performance depends also on other factors such as time […]