Are Fish Oil Supplements Doing the Right Thing?

On your recent visit to the doctor, did you have a conversation about those Fish Oil supplements you’ve been taking to help with the cholesterol issues you have?  No?  Well, neither did I.  It pays to actually keep up with the latest news on this health stuff.  It is true that eating fish has health benefits. However, until recently,  it was thought that fish based supplements are also a good thing to take for this.

  • In the future,  you may want to think about who is coming to dinner with you.
  • Supplements for cholesterol issues usually  contain Omega-3 fatty acids (polyunsaturated oils). Omega-3 fatty acids are also available by eating fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel.
  • It is suggested that people who eat these types of fish two or more times a week may have fewer issues with heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths.
  • Some of the benefits of eating fatty fish 2 or 3 times a week are: lower heart rate and blood pressure; and improved function of blood vessels, for example.

Now it turns out that those studies, which were done 15 years ago, and reported that fish oils/fish eaters, could lower the risk of heart disease,  may not be the only studies to consider. It may be some other factors/characteristics; for example, eating less meat, healthier lifestyles etc., could be contributory factors as well.
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Healthy Eyes & Eye Care

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When is the last time you visited your Eye Doctor?  Whom did you see?  Was it your Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, or Optician? Do you know that senior citizens should have their eyes checked yearly?

I saw my Optometrist (OD) recently.  Optometrists provide eye care and vision care services; they are not required to attend medical school. The majority complete an undergraduate degree, then they attend a specialized training program to obtain an optometry degree (OD).  Source: http://glassescrafter.com/information/MD-vs-OD-vs-DO.html

  • When my OD finished the complete eye examination she indicated on my chart how my prescription had changed.  Afterwards, I saw the optician who reviewed the prescription and helped me with fitting and choosing eyeglasses. Not all opticians require a license. The licensing requirement varies by state.  In some states, opticians must complete an opticianry training program and be licensed. Source: http://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-doctor/choose.htm

I’ve used  theratears for my dry eye problem. My OD advised new research suggests that using Fish Oil or FlaxSeed helps with tear film –  the liquid consisting of lipids, water, and mucin that coats the outer surface of the eye, lubricating it. Source: Tear Film.
Refresh Optive Advanced can also help to lubricate your eyes.

Click the source below to find out how you can use flaxseed oil or fish oil to help with dry eyes 🙂abstract-19141_1920

 Flaxseed oil and fish oil contain important dietary fatty acids that have multiple health benefits, including prevention or treatment of dry eyes. Other benefits include a lower risk of heart disease and a reduction of chronic inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, including cancer and stroke. Chronic inflammation also has been indicated as an underlying cause of osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. Source: Flaxseed Oil and Fish Oil for Dry Eyes

Last Word
Visit your Optometrist and your Optician. Get your eyes checked at least once a year, every year – especially if you are a senior citizen.

 

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