Monthly archives: May 2017

 
 
 
 

Cigarette smokers, arteries and omega-3

The thin membrane that delimits the inside of the heart and blood vessels is named vascular endothelium; its cells release substances that control relaxation and contraction of blood vessels, and enzymes that control blood clotting, immune function and platelet adhesion (platelet are tiny disk-shaped elements in the blood that assist in blood clotting by adhering to other platelets and to damaged epithelium). The malfunction of the endothelium is a (reversible) […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 during pregnancy

Between 5% and 10% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. It is more common in the second half of the pregnancy, and usually disappears after giving birth. A woman’s body goes through enormous changes during pregnancy; among them, the placenta produces hormones that help the baby grow and develop, but these hormones also cause insulin resistance (the cells use less […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 can ease dry eye symptoms in various ways

Dry eye occurs when lacrimal glands do not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. It can be a symptom of chronic inflammation of the conjunctiva (the membrane that covers the front part of the eye), or the lacrimal gland. If left untreated, dry eye can produce pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea. The cornea is the transparent part […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 and waist circumference

Excess body fat (obesity) is harmful for health, because it is associated with high levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol, and with increased blood sugar levels (all of them risk factors for several diseases). Methods for evaluate obesity have changed over the time, and currently it is recognized that what matters is not body weight but body fat; moreover, one type of excess fat is […]

 
 
 
 

DHA and children’s IQ

Human milk contains nutrients needed for infant health and development, and other components that protect against infection and inflammation, and contribute to the immune system maturation and organ development. Its composition varies from colostrum to late lactation, within feeds, between mothers, and also between term and preterm infants. The production of human milk has different stages: From mid pregnancy to delivery, breasts undergo many changes necessary for proper breastfeeding. The […]