Diets rich in dark-green vegetables and omega-3 supplements

In order to investigate the associations between the efficacy of omega-3 supplementation and several nutritional factors, scientists from the University of California conducted a study with 83 African Americans, who were randomly assigned to receive either omega-3 supplements (2 g EPA + 1 g DHA) or corn/soybean oil (placebo) for six weeks. All of them had to complete food-frequency questionnaires and blood tests were performed before and after supplementation. Depending […]


Fish oil supplementation in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in women

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event (a serious accident, combat situation, sexual or physical abuse, terrorist attack, natural disasters, etc.). After a traumatic event, most people have stress-related reactions, but not everyone develops PTSD (reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind them of it, having negative changes in beliefs and feelings or staying on permanent alert) , in a way that interfere with their lives. […]


Dietary omega-3 supplements can penetrate the blood-brain barrier

A Swedish study presented in the Journal of Internal Medicine establishes that dietary omega-3 supplements can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, allowing the fatty acids to reach the brain. The blood-brain barrier separates the central nervous system from blood, preventing or slowing the passage of some chemical compounds, radioactive ions and disease-causing organisms (such as viruses). Why is this important? Because this finding has implications for the use of omega-3 as a treatment […]


Assisted Reproductive Techniques and prematurity

Preterm birth occurs when a woman gives birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy (a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks) and “low birth weight infants” are born weighing less than 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Given that important growth and development occurs in the final weeks of pregnancy, pre-term babies may have health problems because their organs, including the brain, lungs and liver, did not have enough time to develop. Infants born […]


Fight prostate cancer with diet

In men worldwide, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and the sixth most common cause of death from cancer. In the US, around one in six men will be diagnosed with this type of cancer during their lifetime. According to the outcomes of research conducted at UCLA (University of California-Los Angeles), men with prostate cancer who follow a low-fat diet and take omega-3 supplements from fish oil have […]


Oral consumption of omega-3 improves dry eye symptoms

When the eye does not produce tears properly (the lacrimal glands fail to produce enough of the watery component of tears to maintain a healthy eye surface) or when the tears evaporate too quickly (because of inflammation of the glands that make the oily part of tears that slows evaporation), we talk about dry eye, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, dysfunctional tear syndrome or lacrimal keratoconjunctivitis, among others names. Dry eye (if it […]