Gaithersburg Optometrist Discusses Fish Oil- Fishy or Fabulous?

Gaithersburg Optometrist, Dr. Hollier, at Eyes For You, Reviews the Benefits of Fish Oil and the Different Types of Omega-3 Supplements Available.
By: Eyes For You, Dr. Hollier
 
Nov. 16, 2010 - PRLog -- Known for its ocular and cardiovascular benefits, fish oil has become an increasingly popular nutritional supplement. Since Omega-3 fats are not naturally produced in our bodies, we need to consume these essential fatty acids through food or supplements. Research has shown that Omega-3’s protect retinal cells from degenerative diseases such as in Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) and have significant benefits for dry eyes.

Undoubtedly, these omega-3 fats are fabulous, but which ones to buy?  Flaxseed oil or fish oil?

Flaxseed oil consists mainly  of alpha linolenic acia (ALA) and must be converted in the body into the usable forms of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and decosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  This conversion process means that you must take more flaxseed oil supplements to equal the benefits in the same amount of fish oil.

Dr. Hollier recommends that her dry eye patients take 3000mg/day of the triglyceride form of fish oil for certain dry eye conditions.  The triglyceride fish oil is the more natural form which is more readily absorbed than the ethyl alcohol form.

Omega-3 supplements may be contraindicated for people on blood thinning medications such as Plavix and Warfarin.

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About An Hollier and Eyes For You:
An Hollier, Optometrist, practices at Eyes For You in Gaithersburg, MD. For more information please visit http://www.eyesforyouoptical.com
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