Why do we recommend taking an Omega-3 supplement?
Omega-3’s have been shown to help increase and stabilize tear production as a treatment for dry eyes. It takes about 3-6 months to appreciate the benefit.
Also, Omega-3’s can help slow down or even halt the progression of macular degeneration, a sight-threatening disease of the older patient.
Omega 3 supplements are NOT created equally.
Many of the less expensive Omega-3 supplements are in a synthesized ethyl ester form (EE) and not the more natural triglyceride (TF) form. The TF form is more easily digested, providing you with 30% more Omega 3 than the EE form. The EE form is also more unstable and releases alcohol into your system after digestion.
Other benefits of Omega-3 supplementation.
Omega-3 fatty acids are "good fats" that are essential for optimal health. Like vitamins and minerals, omega-3 must be provided by our diet as it is not produced by our bodies. EPA and DHA are the active forms of omega-3 required by the body to perform vital functions.
Omega-3 (EPA & DHA) function in the body
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Reduces inflammation
- Supports mental focus & cognitive function
- Supports positive mood & emotional well-being
- Promotes brain, eye, & nervous system health
- Supports healthy immune system function
- Enhances appearance of skin and hair
- Promotes optimal fat metabolism
Why we don’t get enough Omega-3 in our diet.
A number of dietary habits, such as the widespread use of vegetable cooking oils (omega-6), industrial milling, and the decreased consumption of fish (omega-3), have contributed to an omega-3 deficiency, or imbalance, in the diets of many North Americans. As compared to the ancestral diet of Neo-Palaeolithic humans, omega-3 consumption has dropped 20 fold from a daily intake of 3.0 grams down to a meager 0.15 grams. At the same time omega-6 consumption has increased dramatically, far exceeding the recommended daily intake.
A decreased amount of omega-3 relative to omega-6 in the diet results in an increased risk of degenerative disease. Experts generally advise that we consume more omega-3 and less omega-6.
Recommended Dosage and Pricing.
We recommend taking 1 tsp per day for full health benefits.
Price = $47.50 for one 500 ml bottle. (a 3 month supply)
Bedford Eye Care is a Finalist for Business of the Year!
We are so very grateful to our patients, the community and the outstanding service team in the practice for the support you all continue to show to us in our many years in business.
We're honoured to be selected by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce among a diverse group of outstanding and well-known finalists for this prestigious award. We believe it's a reflection of the commitment we have to delivering the highest quality care to our patients and for pushing into new areas of innovative care, including our new dry eye and traumatic brain injury clinics, as well as our commitment to patient and public education in these critical new areas of research and treatment.