2007-06-25 Omega-3 Fatty Acids Slow Eye Disease Progression



Dietary supplements of omega-3-polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), the healthy fatty acid found in certain fish or fish oils, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and other foods, reduces the disease progress in the eye.


The essential omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA), given as diet supplements, may help prevent retinal disease (retinopathy) and also has beneficial effects on the heart, Dr. Lois E. H. Smith, from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital in Boston, told Reuters Health. "It is a win/win situation to prescribe this low-cost over-the-counter supplement."(Read entire article)


2007-06-24 Omega-3 fatty acids protect eyes against retinopathy, study finds



Retinopathies may be prevented or lessened by a change in diet

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids protect against the development and progression of retinopathy, a deterioration of the retina, in mice. This is the major finding of a study that appears in the July 2007 issue of the journal Nature Medicine. The study was a collaborative effort by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Goteborg in Sweden, and the National Eye Institute (NEI) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (Read entire article)