Entries by Emma

Homocysteine and Brain Health

  In an editorial in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (February 14, 2002), Joseph Loscalzo, M.D. of the Boston University Medical Centre provides a compelling overview of the mechanisms relating elevated levels of homocysteine to various forms of vascular disease. Not only is homocysteine directly toxic to the cells lining arteries, but in […]

Higher Levels of DHA During Pregnancy and Lactation Make a Difference

  The general consensus of experts and practice guidelines for health care providers recommend pregnant and lactating women obtain an average daily intake of at least 200 mg of DHA. This comes from various prestigious areas such as the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Early Nutrition Academy, and the EU’s commissioned projects such as […]

D-ficient Kids Review

  A study from Harvard Medical School found that more than six million children in the United States are vitamin D deficient. The researchers analyzed blood samples for vitamin D using data on about 5,000 children under age 12 years from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2001-2006). Results showed that one in five […]

EPA, DHA, and GLA for the Treatment of ADHD

  Research continues to link EPA, DHA, and GLA in children and adults to mood, thinking, reasoning, memory, behaviour, and attention deficit disorders. Many studies have identified abnormalities in membrane fatty acids in subjects with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and success has been reported using EPA and DHA. Fish oil + GLA has been […]

Assessment of Rancidity in Fatty Acids

The decomposition or degradation of fatty acids is often called rancidity and entails two main reactions: hydrolysis and oxidation. Rancidity is a natural process, and all oils will eventually go rancid.  In order to ensure an oil is pure as possible, the shelf life and quality of manufacturing can be easily tested for reassurance. The […]

Omega-3 Fish Oil, Female Fertility, and Healthy Pregnancy

Omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oil are an important strategy in enhancing female fertility and carrying a pregnancy to term. Chronic inflammation and infection are involved in female infertility in cases related to endometriosis and pelvic infections. Reducing inflammation and enhancing the immune system is a vital aspect of treating these conditions and in […]

Epigenetics, Dietary Fat, and Omega-3s

The ability of dietary fatty acids to improve the outcomes of many conditions has been well established. In addition to the well-known interactions on the metabolism of eicosanoids, one of the most interesting areas of research on the mechanisms of action of fatty acids is epigenetics-a term that refers to the ability of diet, lifestyle, […]

Oxidative Stress and the Effects of Ageing

Recent research suggests that both omega-3 essential fatty acids and the antioxidants, resveratrol and green tea extract, promote healthy cellular ageing. These nutrients can protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals associated with ageing. The age-related decline in physical performance affects multiple parameters in life, and appears to be a progressively worsening and […]

Clinical Nutrition in Oncology

Providing oncology patients with optimal nutrition is a key aspect of integrated cancer care.   Conventional oncology treatments often result in significant weight loss which is some cases, necessitates discontinuing therapy, but supplementation with fish oil provides nutritional support that can improve body weight in cancer patients. Maintaining body weight is an important therapeutic goal […]

Concentrated Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and Inflammation

In the past studies have revealed that supplementation of human diets with gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) reduced the generation of lipid mediators and clinical symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders.  However it has also been shown that supplementation with GLA alone may cause a marked increase in serum arachidonic levels (AA), as a potentially harmful side effect. […]