More Omega 3 fats can benefit your eye health in several ways.
There is a steadily growing list of studies attesting to the health benefits of increasing the amount of Omega 3 essential fatty acids in your diet. A whole range of health conditions, it seems, may well be amenable to a little more of the essential fatty acids DHA and EPA in your diet.
The Omega 3 essential fatty acids are found most commonly in fish, and a good way to increase your intake of the Omega 3 fats is to increase your intake of fish, or as is now more common, through taking quality fish oil supplements.
It is quite clear now that increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fats reduces your risk of death, because it reduces your risk of heart attack which can cause death.
Less commonly understood is that the Omega 3 fats DHA and EPA are prevalent in your eyes.
It is now becoming apparent that babies and infants should be getting plenty of the essential fatty acids in their diet to help improve the development of their visual accuity.
And it is also clear from a number of studies that more Omega 3 can help people at the other end of life.
There is an eye condition called macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is characterised by a slow degeneration of vision, and can ultimately lead to total blindness.
In fact macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in elderly people. Fortunately it now seems, as a result of a number of studies, that the progression and onset of macular degeneration can be slowed by a diet high in Omega 3 fats.
And it now seems that there are other eye diseases which can also be beneficially impacted by getting more Omega 3 fats in your diet. One of these is a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa.
This is a hereditary condition which, it is estimated, affects somewhere around one in 4000 people. Often it’s affects are discovered early in life, and can affect the sufferer throughout their life leading to tunnel vision and worse, including blindness.
Currently there is no known cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa. However there is encouraging evidence about the impact that increasing your intake of Omega 3 may have on slowing the gradual progression of the disease.
Studies are showing that, when used in conjunction with vitamin A, more Omega 3 in the diet may reduce the rate at which eye deterioration is observed.
As there is no cure for the disease this is good news, firstly because anything which slows the progression of the disease has to be good, as well as because there is always the likelihood of a cure being discovered, and if one is discovered it’s better for sufferers if they are less progressed along the path to visual deterioration.
Whether or not you suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa there are powerful health reasons for increasing the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. It is commonly accepted amongst health professionals that more Omega 3 fats are very good for your heart, veins and much more, and a reduction in the risk of dying from a heart attack has to be good for anyone.
Sometimes it can be a little problematical getting more Omega 3 in the diet. Sources which were higher in Omega3 in the past, such as beef and eggs, are now not so high in Omega 3 because of modern farming practices, and in particular because of the low Omega3 foods now commonly eaten by our livestock.
And whilst fish are an excellent source of Omega 3 fish are becoming extremely expensive, and many of them are now contaminated with various industrial chemicals leading to warnings by our government about how much we eat.
The most common way to get more Omega 3 in your diet is by taking high quality Omega3 supplements, though not all Omega 3 supplements on the market are high quality.
There’s a host of reasons why you should be increasing your intake of DHA and EPA, the essential fatty acids known as the Omega 3 fats. That’s independent of whether you have Retinitis Pigmentosa or not.Written by - Benefits of Fish Oil