The Importance of DHA
Guardion Health Sciences
A large body of evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids can help improve ocular as well as overall health. Omega-3 fatty acids include docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicoapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), with most of the benefits coming from DHA specifically.
Though omega-3 fatty acids offer a wide range of health benefits, the average American diet does not include enough of them. Taking a supplement can help you get a sufficient amount of the fatty acids to reduce your risk of eye diseases and other diseases that can affect your entire body.
Why Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids Important?
Eye Health Benefits
The eye health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids begin at a young age. The results of numerous clinical studies show that infants who were fed DHA-supplemented formula demonstrated better visual acuity at 2 and 4 months of age compared to infants fed formula not containing DHA.
In studies of adults, those who regularly consumed oily fish or supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids were significantly less likely to develop macular degeneration than those who did not eat fish or take the supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also helpful in the prevention, treatment and improvement of dry eye syndrome, a very common disorder characterized by dry, itchy eyes, blurry vision and a gritty or sandy sensation in the eyes. And, the fatty acids are believed to help the drainage of intraocular fluid from the eye, reducing the likelihood of a spike in eye pressure and glaucoma.
Whole Body Health Benefits
Not only are omega-3 fatty acids good for the eyes, but an overwhelming body of evidence points to their benefits for whole body health.
One of the most important discoveries regarding the fatty acids is that they have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Getting enough fatty acids can reduce factors known to cause heart disease; for example, they can reduce arrhythmias (irregularities in heartbeat), decrease blood triglycerides, slightly lower blood pressure, reduce the rate of plaque formation in arteries and lower overall levels of inflammation.
Also, the fatty acids have been shown to help prevent, treat or improve a wide range of illnesses and diseases, including the following:
- Inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disorders and periodontal diseases
- Mental disorders like depression, bipolar disorder and autism
- Dermatological problems like acne, psoriasis and skin damage from sunlight
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis
Getting The Proper Amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The best way to glean the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids — particularly DHA and EPA — is to regularly consume cold-water fish like sardines, herring, salmon and tuna. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, walnuts and dark green leafy vegetables, although the body does not process fatty acids from vegetable sources as well as it does the fatty acids from fish.
If you do not like to eat fish, or you want to ensure you consume enough fatty acids to get the maximum benefit, taking a supplement is wise. When choosing a supplement with omega-3 fatty acids, it is important to select a product that is high quality and from a great source.
The team of experts behind Lumega-Z have created Omega Boost, which is an omega-3 source that offers benefits for both the eyes and whole body. Lumega-Z is delivered with a 28-day supply of Omega Boost provided in a separate bottle of gel caps.
For more information about Omega Boost or Lumega-Z, please contact Guardion Health Sciences today.