Diabetic retinopathy occurs when damaged retinal blood vessels leak causing blurred vision. A recent study investigated the long-term effects of supplementation of vitamin C on diabetic rats. There were three groups, a control group, a group of rats with diabetes, and a group of rats with diabetes given vitamin C supplementation. Researchers found that when supplemented with vitamin C, rats developed less diabetic retinopathy. Therefore, if these results can be [...]
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An diet rich in omega-3 and lacking omega-6 may protect those with diabetic retinopathy from going blind. People with diabetic retinopathy lose tiny blood vessels in the retina. As the retina becomes oxygen starved, it starts to grow new abnormal vessels that are fragile. The abnormal vessels can break and bleed. The blood causes growth of scars which can lead to blindness. A study recently published in Nature Medicine looked [...]
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Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, currently affects over 13 million people worldwide. According to a new clinical trial published in the International Jounral of Geriatric Psychiatry, suppplementing the diet with omega-3 fatty acids may help slow down the depression and agitation symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This new study, led by Yvonne Freund-Levi from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, divided the participants to receive omega-3 supplements (docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) [...]
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Omega-3 consumption may cut the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration by up to 40%, according a recent study published in Archives of Ophthalmology. The Age-Related Disease Study Research Group suggests that eating an omega-3 rich diet can reduce the risk of severe AMD. Researchers studied 4,519 Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) participants between 60 and 80 years of age, looking at their stage of AMD as well as dietary [...]
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Omega-3 may help promote bone health. A larger intake of omega-3 fatty acid in the diet may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life, according the recent study titled “Effect of fish oil on bone mineral density in aging C57BL/6 female mice,” published in the June 2007 edition of The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Researchers studied mice over a six month time period and concluded that mice given fish [...]
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According to a study published in the May 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, omega-3 is linked to improving electrical properties of heart cells. Omega-3 may offer beneficial protection against fatal abnormal heart rhythms. Researchers evaluated 3,042 people with an average age of 45 and measured the heart’s electrical cycle (QT interval). This study found that people who ate more than 300 grams of fish per week had 13.6% lower [...]
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Many studies have suggested that supplementing your diet with Omega-3 has eye health benefits. A recent study shows that higher dietary intake of omega-3 may actually decrease the risk of a nuclear cataract. The Blue Mountains Eye Study, published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology in June 2007, researched 3,654 people over a five-year period. The study concluded that the 5-year risk of a nuclear cataract is lowered when people [...]
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Glucosamine supplements may help slow bone turnover, according to a recent study by the University of Toronto published in the May 2007 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. Researchers studied sixteen rabbits with osteoarthritis (OA) and ten control rabbits. Approximately half were treated with glucosamine daily and half were given a placebo. The study concluded that the high bone turnover in rabbits with osteoarthritis was significantly reduced in glucosamine-treated animals. In [...]
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