First cause of death in women

The first cause of death in women is cardiovascular disease. Yes, more women die from this cause than from any other and, contrary to popular belief, cardiovascular disease kill more women than men. There are several risk factors unique to women, behind them: gestational diabetes mellitus, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, polycystic ovarian syndrome and the intake of oral estrogens (we will talk about all them in next posts). Several studies have […]

 
 
 
 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

It’s known that Omega-3 fatty acids have an important role in the development of cognitive functions, but some recent studies have showed that they, besides, may be useful in the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. In aged persons, there’s a transitional phase between mild cognitive decline and disabling dementia when it’s not clear whether the deficits predict dementia or not and the mild memory or cognitive impairment cannot be […]

 
 
 
 

Diet and evolution

We use to think that humans are a good example of environment adaptation but, in fact, we are genetically adapted to the environment… that our ancestors live in! The profound changes (types of foods, nutrient qualities and lifestyle conditions), that began slowly with the domestication of plants and animals (around 10.000 years ago) and become very fast with the Industrial Revolution (food-processing, among others procedures) have occurred too quickly (on […]

 
 
 
 

DHA and brain development

DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the human brain and play a cardinal role in behavior, cognition and mood, because of its importance for the formation and function of the nervous system and especially the brain. During pregnancy and lactation (from around 24 weeks of gestation to 2 years of age), the central nervous system is more vulnerable to DHA deficiency: if sufficient DHA is not available […]

 
 
 
 

The importance of being Omega-3

Do you know Omega-3 fatty acids? Do you want to know why they are the source of much talk? If so, in this space, that we hope to share with you, we would like to introduce EPA and DHA (both of them Omega-3 fatty acids) to you and talk about the major role they play in the development and maintenance of our health. EPA and DHA (whose full names are […]

 
 
 
 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

  Short-chain fatty acids do not have the same health benefits as omega-3 long-chain fatty acids, especially EPA and the DHA. Our body cannot produce omega-3 on its own. Although EPA and DHA can be obtained in lower amounts from red meat, egg and few other foods, fish and shellfish are the best source. We need EPA and DHA to grow and function properly, and if the diet does not […]