How can omega-3 help children with refractory epilepsy?

About one-third of people with epilepsy will develop refractory epilepsy: they will be treatment-resistant patients (people for which medicines don’t control the seizures). Because of the impact of seizures on physical, social and psychological functions, these people may have trouble at work or school and, may even, have injuries as a result of their seizures. A special diet, called a ketogenic diet, may help control the seizures. This diet, medically […]


The best way to keep a healthy hair is to be on a healthy diet

The scalp contains about 100,000 hairs and we lose, more or less, 50 to 100 of them every day. In most people, these hairs grow back, since hair follicle cells (a hair follicle is the tube of tissue under the skin that surrounds the root of every strand of hair) have a high turnover rate. Each hair grows out of one follicle, and each time the follicle pushes a hair […]


Omega-3, mammographic density and breast cancer risk

Breast density is directly linked to breast cancer risk. Density is not size or firmness, but the balance of black and white that appears on a mammogram (breast density can be determined only by mammograms) and reflects the breast composition: amount of glandular, connective and fatty tissue. Breasts are considered dense if they have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fatty tissue. On mammograms, dense tissue […]


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 […]