When it comes to Fish Oil, it’s Quality not just Quantity

Consumers are increasingly turning to health products to maintain and improve their health. Omega-3 supplements are among the most widely used nutritional supplements generating around $35 billion worldwide in 2016 alone (1). They have been touted to benefit everything from hair and skin to mood and heart health. Fortunately, there is a large body of research and clinical experience to support many of these claims.

What is Omega-3?

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid or EFA. EFAs are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the human body and therefore must be obtained through diet. Omega-3 EFAs are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, the contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. Continue reading When it comes to Fish Oil, it’s Quality not just Quantity

What is Digital Dry Eye and What Can You Do to Prevent It?

According to a survey conducted by the Vision Council, 70% of U.S. adults have experienced symptoms of Digital Dry Eye at some point in their lives with 60% having symptoms daily. Unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse. What used to be a condition predominantly seen in adults working desk jobs is now also affecting a much younger demographic due to advancing technology. Every year more than 10 million patients visit eye doctors with complaints related to Digital Dry Eye.

So, what is Digital Dry Eye?

DryEye-500pxDigital Dry Eye (or DDE) is the temporary discomfort felt after two or more hours of electronic device use. Devices include computer screens, phones, tablets and tv’s. It is known by other names as well; Digital Eye Strain, Computer Vision Syndrome; but it all amounts to essentially the same thing. Too much screen time. Blinking helps the eye stay lubricated by spreading moisture over the entire surface area every 4-6 seconds. Staring at any kind of technology too long can lead to not blinking as frequently as needed, sometimes as little as every 13-15 seconds, producing uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. Continue reading What is Digital Dry Eye and What Can You Do to Prevent It?

Can Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Improve Memory?

It’s estimated that someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds. There are an estimated 50 million people worldwide living with dementia. This number is projected to double every 20 years, reaching 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. These figures are truly frightening.

shutterstock_292698929Although no cure has been found yet, scientists and doctors agree that early detection and treatment are critical to managing the disease. One area receiving a lot of interest is nutritional supplementation. While much research remains to be conducted, several recent studies are beginning to paint a picture for the role that omega-3 fish oil may play in cognitive health. Continue reading Can Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Improve Memory?

Are You Suffering From Dry Eye?

If your eyes ever sting, scratch or feel like there’s a piece of stand stuck in them, you may be suffering from dry eyes, one of the most frequent vision problems seen by Eye Doctors. In fact, it’s estimated that over 20 million U.S. adults experience symptoms of dry eye.

Dry eyes naturally occur with age but can also impact people who wear contact lenses, have allergies, undergo LASIK surgery, live in dry climates or spend long hours in front of the computer screen.

Treatments for dry eyes typically focus on increasing tear production, adding artificial tears or conserving tears.  Some people find relief by blinking more frequently, staying hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

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Have You Heard About All The Benefits of Omega-3?

17 Science Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Article Courtesy of: Authority Nutrition

Omega-3 acids are an important part of your daily nutrient intake and they have a range of beneficial effects on your brain, body and eyes.

Did you know that Omega-3 fatty acids are one the most thoroughly studied nutrients and as a result a number of key benefits have been discovered:

1. May improve eye health, including lessen dry eye symptoms

omega3-500pxDHA, a type of Omega-3, is a major structural component of the brain and retina of the eye. Vision problems may arise in people who do not have enough DHA. Getting enough omega-3 has been linked to a reduced risk of macular degeneration which is one of the world’s leading causes of permanent eye damage and blindness.

(Research courtesy of National Center for Biotechnology Information)

The Bottom Line: An Omega-3 fatty acid called DHA is a major structural component of the retina of the eye. It may help prevent macular degeneration, which can cause vision impairment and blindness.

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Did you know that NOT all Omega-3 fish oils are the same?

Omega-3 fish oils are available to customers in two forms: the natural triglyceride form or the synthetic ethyl ester form. Fish oil in the triglyceride form is in its most natural state. Because of this, there are several benefits:

fish oil pillsIncreased Absorption: Research confirms that concentrated fish oil in the triglyceride form is up to 70% more bio-available than in the ethyl ester form. Because essential fatty acids in the triglyceride form are absorbed well during metabolism, overall levels of EPA and DHA in consumers of triglyceride-based fish oils far surpass those in people who choose ethyl esters.

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The Science Behind Enteric Coated Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids are required for human health, normal growth and development. These essential fatty acids are commonly found in fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, other seafood, some plants and nut oils.

Studies show that Omega-3’s reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of developing chronic disease, including heart disease, arthritis and even some forms of cancer.

Omega Shield from Doctor’s Advantage provides you with beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids that are often absent from the average American diet.  Omega Shield is molecularly distilled, mercury free and contains 1 gram of natural Triglyceride fish oil.  Our product is enteric coated to maximize absorption and eliminate any fishy smell or aftertaste. Please review the article below regarding the importance of enteric coating!

The New England Journal of Medicine published a paper that proved that patients needed only one-third the amount of fish oil if it was enteric coated. Delivering omega-3 intact to the intestines instead of the stomach, allowed 3X as much Omega-3 to be absorbed into the phospholipid membrane. The study was done on patients with Crohn’s disease but the take away message about the absorption can be applied to healthy population as well. Another paper compared studies that used enteric coated fish oil capsules – three studies used enteric coated capsules with positive results and one used ordinary gelatin capsules (no advantage).