Diet and depression

Depending on WHO, depression is the fourth global burden of all diseases worldwide, and it is estimated that it will become the second by the year 2020. The percentage of success for depression drug therapy is estimated at 60-80%. The relationship between depression and inadequate nutrient intake has been reported in many studies. Broadly, dietary patterns can be classified as “healthy” and “unhealthy”. Healthy and unhealthy diets may be associated […]


DHA reduces toxicity caused by chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is a organophosphate insecticide that kills mites and ticks, which has been widely used since 1965 in homes and on farms. In agriculture, to control foliage and soil-borne insect pests (among other crops: corn, soybeans, fruit trees, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, broccoli, and cauliflower). It is used also in golf courses, turf, and green houses; in the home, it is used to control cockroaches, fleas, and termites; and it is […]


DHA offers vision protection, acting as a vaccine

Preconditioning is the capacity that have cells, tissues and organs to protect themselves from a lethal stimulus, which has been previously acquired by the exposition to a sublethal stimulus. DHA and its derivatives, the docosanoids, are required to enable of preconditioning of the pigmented and photoreceptor cells in the retina (photoreceptors are the cells that begin the process of seeing; they absorb and convert light into electrical signals which are […]


Long chain omega-3 may help in childhood allergies

Allergic disease, including asthma and rhinitis, is one of the most common types of non-communicable diseases (diseases that are not caused by infectious agents) in childhood, and it is also common in adolescence. In the 1990s, when the hypothesis about polyunsaturated fatty acids and allergic disease was suggested, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids were attributed opposite roles in inflammation: omega-3 to decrease inflammation and omega-6 to promote inflammation. However, the […]


Omega-3 could help prevent type 2 diabetes in people with metabolic disorders

Short-term fish oil (rich in long chain omega-3 fatty acids) supplementation is associated with increasing the insulin sensitivity among people with metabolic disorders. And what does this mean? Let us take step by step. On the one hand, a metabolic disorder occurs when abnormal chemical reactions affect the processes our body uses to obtain energy and nutrients from the food we eat; when this happens, we might have too much […]


Omega-3, body composition and squash

Squash is an indoor racquet sport, suitable for all ages, which can be played for leisure (it is a lot of fun) or as a competitive sport, and has several health benefits: improves cardiovascular health, increases strength and fitness, maintains a healthy weight, increases flexibility and strength in the back, promotes good coordination, agility and flexibility, and builds hand-eye coordination; moreover, it improves psychological wellbeing (self-confidence and self-esteem, social skills, […]