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Could omega-3 help children with autism spectrum disorders?

There are several movies (Mercury rising, Nell, Rain man, Adam, I am Sam, The boy who could fly…) and TV series (Alphas, Touch…) that have tried to feature autism. This has helped to understand this disorder, with more or less success, but also has led to misconceptions. Autism spectrum disorders are a group of developmental disorders that include a wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability, which are […]

 
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We know omega-3 are healthy, but we do not act accordingly

Apparently, and according to a recent study performed in the United States and in Germany, in spite of we have an adequate knowledge of nutrients and their health effects, including those of omega-3 fatty acids, our Omega-3 Index (the percentage of EPA+DHA with respect to total fatty acids in red blood cell) is below the recommendations for cardiovascular protection ( ≥8%). All participants in this study believed that a balanced […]

 
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Omega-3 in monotherapy for ADHD

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic, debilitating disorder which may affect all aspects of a child’s life (including academic difficulties, social skills problems, and parent-child relationships). ADHD impacts not only on the child, but also on parents and siblings, causing disturbances in the functioning of the entire family. Moreover, the disorder may persist into adulthood causing disruptions to both professional and personal life. Optimal management is needed in order to provide […]

 
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Prenatal omega-3 supplementation could protect from house dust mite allergy

There has been a large increase in allergic diseases over the last 30 years, and it has occurred too rapidly (within one to two generations) to be a result of genetic changes in the population, so it is likely to be related to environmental changes. The period of increase in allergic diseases has coincided with a substantial shift in dietary intake of fatty acids to favour omega 6 over omega […]

 
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Fish oil supplementation in pregnancy may be a strategy to prevent childhood allergies

Allergies affect about 30 % to 35 % of children, and and this percentage has been increasing in last years. Allergies are abnormal reactions of the immune system to things that are harmless to most people; in someone with an allergy, the immune system treats the substance (called an allergen) as an invader and reacts trying to fight it off. Common allergens in children are: pollen, insect bites or stings, […]

 
 
 
 

DHA increases the Omega-3 Index more than EPA

Omega-3 fatty acids are needed by our body not only for normal cellular functioning, but they also have beneficial effects on our health. These beneficial effects are particularly well established on cardiovascular health, and for this reason, supplementation with EPA and DHA (the main omega-3 fatty acids) is recommended by various health institutions. The Omega-3 Index reflects the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the major organs, including cardiac tissue; […]