Monthly archives: May 2016


Omega-3 and breast density

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast that allows to detect changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam (the radiologist compares your past mammograms with your most recent one to check for changes). When to start and how often to have a mammogram must be decided by your doctor, depending on your individual characteristics (age, among others). What it is important is to […]


Lower omega-3 intake among smokers

In previous posts, we have already talked about some findings about the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and smoking: lower omega-3 fatty acids levels have been observed among smokers; the dietary supplementation with EPA and DHA has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of daily cigarettes smoked and in tobacco craving episodes in regular smokers (comparing with placebo treatments); and it has been shown that supplementation with EPA […]


Sleep quality of pregnant women

Many studies have shown that maternal fatty acid consumption may influence length of gestation. Particularly, it seems that lower intake of DHA predicts shorter length of gestation. A possible mechanism that links DHA consumption and length of gestation has to do with its effect on sleep: DHA is associated with better sleep quality (subjective and objective). Moreover, sleep quality is linked with inflammation: there is an association between poor sleep […]


Mom, my tummy hurts

Recurrent abdominal pain is very usual in children (up to 10% of children). It occurs most commonly between ages 4 and 14 years, with peaks at 4-6 years and at 7-12 years, and girls are affected more often than boys. When we talk about “recurrent or functional abdominal pain” in childhood, we are referring to an abdominal pain that occurs for at least once a week for at least two […]


Global Organization for EPA and DHA recommended intakes

Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) is a not-for profit association, founded in 2006, which goals are to increase consumption of omega-3 to adequate levels around the world and to ensure that the industry is producing quality omega-3 products. The recommended intakes of EPA and DHA established by different governmental and scientific organizations vary widely; this is why GOED has developed its own recommendations, in order to simplify the […]