Problem solving skills in childhood related to omega-3 fatty acids intake

Children face many challenges as they grow, and the ability to make decisions and solve problems develops as they learn to cope with daily challenges. Problem solving is a critical cognitive skill that develops from the earliest years of life. Planning to achieve a goal is present during the second year of life, but the earliest phases of this process begin in the first year. Problem solving skills (that involve […]

 
 
 
 

Weight loss after pregnancy and omega-3 fatty acids intake

Even for women of normal weight before pregnancy, postpartum weight retention may increase the risk for obesity one year after childbirth. Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem, but it is associated with reduced fertility, and long term health problems for women; however, many women never lose the weight gained during a gestation. Some risk factors for postpartum weight retention are high prepregnancy BMI (body mass index), excessive weight gain […]

 
 
 
 

Micronutrients and physical function in older people

A decrease in bone and muscle mass characterize normal aging. Related with the decline in muscle mass, there is a reduction in muscle strength; this combination contributes to frailty, fracture risk, reduction in quality of life, and loss of independence (everyday tasks, such as rising from a chair and gait performance, are hampered by a reduction in muscle strength). Risk factors for falls and fracture include reduced bone mass, muscle […]

 
 
 
 

Healthy diet and semen quality

There is still a common but erroneous belief that infertility is a female problem. Male infertility factors account for approximately 30% of all infertility cases. The most common causes that lead to infertility in men are problems in testicles function (in about 40% of male infertility, the man produces less sperm than normal), but hormone imbalances or blockages in the tubes leading sperm away from the testes to the penis […]

 
 
 
 

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 […]