Monthly archives: January 2017

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 in obesity and related disorders

Obesity and the disorders associated with it (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, etc.) are a growing health problem in the developed world. They are related with a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which in turn, can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Furthermore, obesity is associated with non-medical issues as diminished mobility, and social stigmatization. Adipose tissue (fat) has a very important […]

 
 
 
 

Prenatal DHA may improve attention at 5 years of age

Attention allows: alert to the existence of stimuli, select information and maintaining attention in the face of distracting stimuli. Attention is selective. The factors that promote selection can be described as either exogenous (external) or endogenous (internal): exogenous factors are the characteristics of the stimuli (such as its frequency and duration, for auditory stimuli, and intensity and brightness for visual stimuli); endogenous factors are those cognitive processes that allow the […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 and testicular volume

In 30-50% of couples with fertility problems the man has poor semen quality. The onset in sperm production begins at puberty, and once it has started, it continues almost constantly until death (although testicular tissue mass decreases with age and this involves changes in sperm production). Sperm quality is measured by the amount, the movement, and the size and shape of sperm. With respect to the amount, the ejaculates of […]

 
 
 
 

DHA, exercise and mitochondrial metabolism

Mitochondria are small structures floating inside the cell and act like a digestive system: they create energy rich molecules for the cell by combining oxygen (from the air we breathe) with the sugars and fats that come from the food we eat. They are the main source of energy for the body. Some cells have several thousand mitochondria (germ cells, for example) while others have none (red blood cells and […]