March is National Nutrition Month
March is the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 40th Anniversary of celebrating National Nutrition Month. Omega-3s are an important component of your nutritional diet. If you are not eating a diet high in omega-3s then a supplement should be considered in order to maximize its health benefits.
Dr. Michael Gross, CMO and Executive Vice President, of Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals reinforced the benefits of omega-3s in a recent newsletter, citing the results of several studies.
The New England Journal of Medicine most recently reported results involving 7,500 men and women aged 55 to 80. All study subjects were free of heart disease at the start but where in a high risk category. At the end of a 5 year study, the group that consumed the Mediterranean diet which is high in omega-3s had a 30 percent lower risk of major cardiovascular problems compared to those consuming a low-fat western diet. (1)
There has long been a correlation between fish consumption and reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease including heart failure. In October 2012, data was released supporting the use of long-chain omega-3 supplementation improving clinical outcomes in patients with heart failure. A randomized, placebo controlled study with 1,203 patients with chronic heart failure were giving long-chain omega-3 supplementation which raised the EPA and DHA levels by 43%. This increase in EPA levels was associated with a decrease in inflammatory markers and disease severity. (2)
The correlation between Omega-3 supplementation and the reduction in systemic inflammation was also supported in the February 2013 JAMA Ophthalmology, High CRP Level Predict Risk of Eye Disease. This report revealed that high levels of the pro-inflammatory marker C- reactive protein (CRP) predicted an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). (3) Omega-3s reduce systemic inflammation.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of omega-3s, Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals and the variety of Omega-3 supplements available, please visit the product page on our website at http://www.matossianeye.com/site/omega-supplements.htm.
Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS
(1) New England Journal of Medicine, February 2013; (2) European Journal of Heart Failure, 2010; 12:338-347; (3) JAMA Ophthalmology, 2013; DOI: 10.1001