Here comes the sun

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a form of energy emitted by the sun that we can’t see or feel, is the principal environmental cause of skin cancer, and causes mutations in the p53 gene (fundamental in the mechanisms protecting skin cells from malignant transformations). In the majority of the most common skin cancers, these mutations (a marker of early UV-induced carcinogenesis) can be observed and quantified in the blood serum, the […]

 
 
 
 

DHA and macular degeneration (II)

The Omega-3 fatty acid DHA is found in high concentration in the retina and is required for its proper function (it has been reported that DHA intake is inversely related to the risk of age-related macular degeneration – AMD). On the other hand, lutein and zeaxanthin (two carotenoids which act helping protect and maintain healthy cells) are also deposited in high quantities in the macula. The quantity of lutein and […]

 
 
 
 

Can I reduce the chances of getting endometriosis? (II)

In a large study among premenopausal women (with 70.709 women from the Nurses’ Health Study II, that took place in USA during 12 years), two important facts were observed: total fat intake was not associated with endometriosis, but intake of trans-fats was associated with a higher risk and, more important, high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids was associated with a lower risk of endometriosis. To be more exact, women with […]

 
 
 
 

EPA and ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), that include difficulty staying focused, paying attention, controlling behavior and hyperactivity, appear between the ages of 3 and 6 and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. ADHD has three subtypes: predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, predominantly inattentive and both combined (most children have this last type). Although pharmacological treatments have demonstrated short-term efficacy for ADHD, many families prefer not to use traditional pharmacotherapies to treat it […]

 
 
 
 

DHA, EPA and metabolic syndrome

A syndrome is a group of signs and symptoms that occur together and characterize a particular abnormality or condition. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of 3 or more of the following components: high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, abnormal cholesterol levels (high blood levels of triglycerides and low blood levels of the “good cholesterol”) and excess body fat around the waist. The particularity of this combination is that it […]

 
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DHA and macular degeneration (I)

Macular degeneration is a disease of the eye that gradually destroys the macula, the part of the retina (inner eye’s membrane that turns light and images into nerve signals that are sent to the brain) that allows us to see details clearly. It is often called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) because it is most common among people age 50 and older, of which it is a leading cause of vision […]