New findings indicate that omega-3 fatty acids can positively affect ocular health. A research team at the Children's Hospital in Boston found that omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish oil, promote the growth of healthy blood vessels while simultaneously hindering the development of abnormal vessels.
A previous study of the impact of omega-3, which was conducted by the same researchers, examined the effects of omega-3 on mice. The study revealed that the pathologic vessel growth in the retinas of mice that were fed an omega-3 diet was 50 percent lower than in the mice that were fed diets rich in omega-6. Western diets are more likely to contain omega-6 than omega-3.
In the recent study, the researchers isolated the compounds and enzymes within omega-3 that caused the positive outcome observed in the mice. An examination of the components of omega-3 revealed that its benefits are not inhibited by taking aspirin or non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication.
Lois Smith, a senior researcher and an ophthalmologist at the Children's Hospital, is also collaborating with the National Eye Institute to study the effects of omega-3 on ocular diseases.
The ConsumerLab.com recently released the results of its annual survey of supplement users. Topping the list for 2010’s most popular products were fish oil, multivitamins and vitamin D.
Each November, ConsumerLab collects more than 6,000 responses from a sampling of subscribers to the website’s online newsletter. Of the dietary supplement users who responded, most take multiple products.
Fish oil came out on top as the most popular supplement in use. A total of 75.7 percent of those surveyed reported taking these supplements. This is a slight increase over 2009’s reported popularity of 74 percent.
Supplements containing fish oil are a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which according to the Mayo Clinic can have positive effects on heart health.
Multivitamin use is still strong, as 70.1 percent of respondents said they are users. However, interest in these products has decreased gradually since 2008 when the reported total was 73.8 percent.
Vitamin D continues to surge in popularity with a reported increase in use of 52 percent over a two-year period. In 2008, use of this vitamin supplement was at 36.9 percent, compared to the 56.2 percent reported by surveyed users in 2010.
Getting the proper amount of vitamin D in one’s diet can help against risks to heart and immune health, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Exercise is crucial to maintaining one’s weight and health. However, even when somebody has the desire to get up and go for a run, they might have trouble actually doing it. These individuals may not be lazy; they might just be lacking certain supplements that can provide them with enough energy to get off the couch and into the gym.
Live in the Now has suggested a few supplements that people can take that might help give them the extra get-up-and-go they need. For instance, less energy may be due to a lack of vitamin B. People can make up for their deficiency through B supplements.
In addition to supplements, vitamins such as B12 can also be found in meat, dairy products and fish, according to the Mayo Clinic. Also found in fish and viewed as being beneficial to exercise are omega-3 fatty acids.
Both fish oil and krill oil supplements are good sources of omega-3. Not only can these fatty acids help improve one’s metabolism, but may also have protective effects on heart health, according to Live in the Now.
Before taking any of these supplements, individuals should seek consultation with a doctor.
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