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 […]


Smoking during pregnancy - Protect your baby from tobacco smoke

Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. It also makes it harder for a woman to get pregnant. In addition, smoking during pregnancy causes other problems, because reduces the amount of oxygen available to the baby and, besides, the nicotine and other poisons that the mother inhales from cigarettes (each of which contains over 4,000 chemicals) are carried through the bloodstream and go directly to the baby. […]


Specialized pro-resolving mediators I - How does inflammation work?

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response to an infection or injury. When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it; the signs of inflammation (redness, swelling, heat, and pain) show that the body is trying to heal itself. These signs occur as a result of an increase in blood flow, which allows that cells and molecules […]


Omega-3 fatty acids related to cognitive status in older adults

Some cognitive abilities decline with aging. The most constant change is cognitive slowing, but other changes also occur: in the attention to various things at the same time (driving, for example), in the working memory (the ability to remember and use relevant information while in the middle of an activity), in the ability to recall new information, in the ability to understand spatial relationships (not knowing how much to turn […]