Omega-3 fatty acids may promote eye health

Research that was recently published in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggests that people at risk of developing age-related macular degeneration or retinopathy – an eye disease affecting diabetics or infants born prematurely – may prevent or mitigate the effects of the condition by increasing their intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

Retinopathy is a disease which affects 4.1 million Americans with diabetes, and is caused by leaky blood vessels in the retina. Age-related macular degeneration also causes damage to the retina, and affects about 7 million people in the U.S.

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital Boston tested the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on mice and discovered that rodents who were fed diets rich in this essential nutrient experienced a 50 percent reduction in abnormal vessel growth. These mice also showed a decrease in inflammatory messaging to the eye.

Results of the study suggest that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids may prevent diseases of the retina, especially in individuals who are diabetic, elderly or children who were born prematurely. Supplements like those offered by Dr. Newton’s Naturals may ensure that these people are getting adequate levels of omega-3s each day.

OmegaKrill from Dr. Newton’s Naturals contains 65 milligrams (mg) of the essential fatty acids in each capsule. Derived from sustainable krill instead of fish, the supplement may promote healthy cell growth and blood glucose levels.

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