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Glaucoma is one of the most common diseases that affect the eye that often results in blindness. Increased fluid pressure inside the eye may compress the optic nerve and damage it, causing vision loss.
In a healthy individual the eye maintains its normal pressure (also called intraocular pressure) by secreting a fluid, known as the aqueous humor, out of the eye. It does this via a drainage system called the trabecular meshwork, which is located near the cornea ...
Omega-3 can prevent glaucoma and protect the retina because one of the main omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is the primary component of the retinal ganglion cells of the optic nerve. Therefore, consuming omega-3 increases the levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the optic nerve. Having adequate levels of DHA in the optic nerve improves its function and protects it against potential damage.
Some studies support this claim. For instance, a study titled “Dietary ...
Omega-3 is a healthy polyunsaturated fat that consists of eleven types of fatty acids. The three main omega-3 fatty acids are: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
These fatty acids work to treat glaucoma in several ways, including:
1- Strengthening the optic nerve: when people consume omega-3 fatty acids, the retina and the retinal ganglion cells that are a part of the optic nerve absorb docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This helps ...
How to use omega-3 to treat Glaucoma: form and dose
There’s no official dose of omega-3 recommended to treat glaucoma.
However, as a general guideline, the Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. Institute of Medicine recommends that men take 1.6 grams of omega-3, while women take 1.1 grams of omega-3 per day if they are above the age of 18.
Omega fatty acids are important dietary fats that benefit many of our organs, including the heart, brain, bone, eye, and skin. Omega fatty acids are also essential to infant and child neurodevelopment.
Besides treating glaucoma, omega fats also prevent or reduce the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, osteoporosis, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Omega fats also reduce inflammation, which is one of the causes of many medical conditions.
If you take omega-3, you may experience unwanted side effects such as an unpleasant taste in the mouth, bad breath, heartburn, nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, low blood pressure, high blood sugar, diarrhea, headaches, and smelly sweat.
Side effects of the Omega-3-6-9 supplement
If you take an Omega-3-6-9 supplement, you may experience the following side effects: burping, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and heartburn, loss of taste, skin rash, hives, itching, prolonged bleeding from cuts, and nosebleeds ...
- Downie, L. E., & Vingrys, A. J. (2018). Oral Omega-3 Supplementation Lowers Intraocular Pressure in Normotensive Adults. Translational vision science & technology, 7(3), 1. https://doi.org/10.1167/tvst.7.3.1
- Georgiou, T., Nicolaou, D., Kolovos, P., & Neokleous, A. (2014). Neuro-rescuing glaucomatous damage High doses of omega-3 fatty acids could help treat glaucoma. Ophthalmology Times Europe, 1-4. Retrieved November 10, 2020, from http://www.fiteyes.com/sites/www.fiteyes.com/files/_uploads_cck/upload/neurorescuingglaucomatousdamage.pdf
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- Nguyen, C. T., Vingrys, A. J., & Bui, B. V. (2008). Dietary omega-3 fatty acids and ganglion cell function. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 49(8), 3586–3594. https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.08-1735
- Romeo Villadóniga, S., Rodríguez García, E., Sagastagoia Epelde, O., Álvarez Díaz, M. D., & Domingo Pedrol, J. C. (2018). Effects of Oral Supplementation with Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) plus Antioxidants in Pseudoexfoliative Glaucoma: A 6-Month Open-Label Randomized Trial. Journal of ophthalmology, 2018, 8259371. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/8259371
Omega-3 (Fish Oil) For Glaucoma
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