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Flax Seeds and Your Eyes - OMEGA 3 Fatty Acids and Your Eyes

Flax Seed Wouldn't it be great if taking care of your eyes was as easy as taking a daily supplement? Good news... it may be! Recent research suggests that daily consumption of essential fatty acids including those found in flax seed oil and fish oil provide many health promoting benefits, including reducing your risk of eye disease and promoting better vision.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are not just important or essential for your eye health. They are essential for your overall health and well being. Deficiencies in essential fatty acids can lead to a host of problems including cardiovascular disease, skin disorders and allergies, nervous system disorders and more.

There are other types of fatty acids including omega-6s and omega-9s. Most people get far too many of these in their diet however, and not nearly enough omega-3s. That is why it is often necessary to take a supplement containing omega-3 fatty acids.

Interestingly, most Westerners consume far too few essential fatty acids in the course of their day. Unless you eat fatty fishes (such as salmon) two or more times per week and routinely consume plenty of whole grains including flax seed, chances are you are not getting enough EFAs in your diet to improve your health and well being. Luckily, Omega 3 supplements are easy to come by and most commonly in the form of Fish oil and Flax seed oil supplements.

What Is Flaxseed Oil and How Can It Help Me?
Flaxseed oil is a dietary supplement. It comes from a natural flowering plant and is often recommended for improving the health and well being of our bodies in general. It is one of the richest sources of natural omega-3 fatty acids found in nature.

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for promoting our health and well being. Fatty acids may help improve your immune system as well as other important bodily functions including our cardiovascular system, circulatory system and even nervous system. Some studies have linked omega-3 supplementation with a decreased risk in eye diseases including age related macular degeneration.

There are other types of fatty acids including omega-6s and omega-9s. Most people get far too many of these in their diet however, and not nearly enough omega-3s. That is why it is often necessary to take a supplement containing omega-3 fatty acids.

Fatty Acids and Dry Eye Syndrome
Even more recent research suggests supplementation with 1000 mg of Omega 3 supplement once or twice each day may help reduce dry eye syndrome in patients. People with dry eye syndrome do not produce enough tears. This can lead to irritation and inflammation as well as red eyes. While there are medications for dry eyes, there are also natural steps patients can take to improve their condition, including supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3s and Macular Degeneration
Age related macular degeneration is a condition where the macula of the retina deteriorates with age. This can lead to central vision loss. Typically there is no cure for macular degeneration. Fortunately there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration, including improving your nutritional intake.

It is vital that our bodies receive the proper nutrients necessary to function properly. Deficiencies in essential fatty acids or lutein, an important nutrient and antioxidant, may lead to conditions including age related macular degeneration. For this reason people at risk for eye diseases should consider supplementation with essential fatty acids and a multi vitamin and mineral supplement jam packed with antioxidants.

Flax seed oil comes in many different forms. You can buy it in capsule form, pure oil or you can buy it in seed form. Flax seeds have a slightly nutty flavor that taste terrific when combined with oatmeal or other grainy foods. You can also add a teaspoon or two to fruit shakes and other blended beverages to help improve the nutritional content of them. You can also make salad dressings with the oil for a nutritious salad.

Fish oil can be consumed by eating fatty fish as well as in capsule form if you are not a seafood fan. Fish oil is more readily absorbed by your body than Flax seed oil. Hence some may argue that Fish oil is a better supplement for Omega 3 EFAs compared to Flax seed oil. However, fish oil may contain mercury, so be very cautious in the types of fish oil supplements you purchase.

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