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; […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 to omega-6 status during pregnancy and baby development

Low birth weight babies may be more at risk for certain health problems (in the first days of life, or longer-term problems), and babies born preterm (prior to 37 completed weeks of gestation) often need more medical care (they are at greater risk for respiratory and feeding difficulties, and problems regulating temperature). Maternal status in fatty acids during pregnancy is key for fetal growth and development. Particularly, a higher omega-3 […]

 
 
 
 

Intake of omega-3 and peak bone mass

Bone is a living tissue. Throughout life, bone is constantly remodeling through two processes, resorption and formation: during resorption, a type of cells called osteoclasts remove old bone tissue; during formation, new bone tissue is deposited to replace the old one. Bone remodeling serves to adjust bone architecture to meet changing mechanical needs and it helps to repair micro damages preventing the accumulation of old bone. During childhood and adolescence, […]

 
 
 
 

Supplementation with omega-3 to help recovery between training bouts

To the team sport athletes (for example, basketball, soccer, American football, rugby, and hockey) is very important the recovery between training bouts and games throughout the competitive season. Upon a training bout or competition, the athlete enters a recovery phase that implies metabolic recovery (their body restores «fuel» levels) and mechanical recovery (their body repairs damage to the musculoskeletal system). This recovery between training bouts and games helps the athlete […]

 
 
 
 

Specialized pro-resolving mediators II - What are the specialized pro-resolving mediators?

As we have explained in a previous post, the inflammatory response is protective, since it allows the repair of injured tissues and the elimination of invading organisms (for example, bacteria). Ideally, after the process of elimination and cleaning, tissues return to normal state (healing); if not, inflammation becomes chronic. Nowadays it is known that chronification of the inflammatory response is on the basis of several diseases and disorders (obesity, cognitive […]

 
 
 
 

¿Which is the optimal omega-3 intake in children and adolescents?

Omega-3 fatty acids play a particularly important role in early life health and development. Studies have shown that omega-3 intake in children aged 8-15 years is beneficial for cardiovascular health and may reduce depressive and manic symptoms in youth between age 6 and 17. Recommendations for omega-3 fatty acids intake in childhood and adolescence are mainly based on age. However, the differences among recommended doses reflect, in fact, changes in omega-3 […]