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Omega 3 and eyes: the essential link

Omega 3 is good for the heart, but not only that!

Have you ever wondered what else these much talked about Omega 3s could have to offer your body?

Well, for example, they can have an impact on your vision . 👀 And yes, you guessed it, the key to visual comfort does not only lie in purchasing a pair of glasses. Your eyes also need micronutrients. And what do our pretty eyes need to function well? Omega 3!

These polyunsaturated fatty acids help improve visual comfort.

Come on, let’s explain all that to you! ⬇️

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I. What is Omega 3?

Before we get into the details, let's get familiar with Omega 3, also known as polyunsaturated or essential fatty acids . They are called essential because the body cannot synthesize them. They must therefore be provided through food.

Avoid being intimidated by the term "fatty acids." Omega 3s are in fact elements favorable to your health, essential for the proper functioning of your body. They coordinate biological processes fundamental to your well-being.

For example, they act positively on: the cardiovascular system, concentration and memory, stress, the beauty of the skin and hair, the eyes of course and the immune system.

To find out more about all the benefits of Omega 3 , do not hesitate to read our article . 📖

The different types of Omega 3

Among Omega 3, we distinguish: ALA, EPA and DHA, each having a specific role to play. No, there is not one better than the other (we saw you coming), the choice of the type of Omega 3 depends on your individual needs.

To find out which is the best Omega 3 for you, head toour blog article .

ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)

Among Omega 3, alpha-linolenic acid ( ALA ) is called “essential” because the body cannot produce it. It must therefore be provided by food.

Other fatty acids ( EPA , DHA ) have the ability to be produced by the body from ALA. However, it is important to note that the conversion rate unfortunately remains too low to meet daily needs.📆

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)

It is remarkable for its benefits on the immune system and the cardiovascular system. It also has a positive effect on mood.

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)

It participates in cognitive function (memory, concentration, etc.). It is also the star fatty acid when it comes to the eyes . It concentrates in the retina, playing a key role in preserving vision. 👁️

It ensures the maintenance of normal vision and helps prevent dry eyes, helping to keep your eyes hydrated and preventing discomfort.

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II. Eye discomfort

We have all experienced it before: after a few hours behind a screen or in case of severe fatigue, our eyes, at the end of their rope, will not fail to let us know: redness, tingling, or even an unpleasant feeling of having a grain of sand in the eye: ocular discomfort has set in. This unpleasant feeling can sometimes even lead to temporary blurred vision.

On a biological level, our eyes are moistened by a thin layer of tears with each blink. These tears ensure that our eyes stay comfortable and hydrated. In the case of eye discomfort , this layer of tears may thin or evaporate too quickly. This leaves our eyes vulnerable and this vulnerability results in the sensations described above.

Wouldn't it be time to start a little omega 3 treatment ?

III. Omega 3, these polyunsaturated fatty acids for the eyes

Omega 3 contributes to the maintenance of normal vision and in particular docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is found in abundance in the retina, the part of the eye responsible for transmitting images to the brain.

Think of the retina as the film of a camera, capturing the world around you. DHA plays its role in maintaining the structure and fluidity of the retina so that it can function properly.

DHA will therefore take care of the eyes and help maintain normal vision.
Returning to the camera analogy, DHA can be compared to film quality 🎞️, playing a key role in how every visual detail is captured and transmitted.

Research and studies continue to prove to us the beneficial impact of Omega 3 for the retina .

Essential fatty acids also help increase the amount of tears, preventing unpleasant sensations of eye discomfort. How ? By acting as a regulator for tears, improving their quality and quantity.

IV. How to supplement with Omega 3?

To find Omega 3 , head to the sea ⚓️! Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines 🎣 are full of DHA and EPA, these fatty acids that are beneficial for the eyes.

Plant sources such as linseed, walnut or rapeseed oils, for example, are rich in ALA.

Omega 3 supplements for the eyes

As for supplements, if you are looking to supplement yourself, choose eco-responsible fishing with the Friend of the Sea® label for respect for the environment. Likewise, when choosing an Omega 3 supplement, choose a good EPA/DHA ratio. Our Epax fish oil supplement , balanced at 40% EPA and 30% DHA, meets standards and ensures a balanced ratio. ⚖️

To conclude

In concluding our exhaustive article entitled " Omega 3 and eyes : the essential link", it is indisputable that Omega 3 acts in preserving your ocular well-being. Omega 3 supplements, combined with a diet rich in fatty acids, contribute significantly to ensuring normal vision.

The mysterious "Icelandic secret to eye health", linked to eating foods from cold waters, adds a captivating element to the importance of Omega 3 .
If you want to take charge of your visual well-being, it is important to consider the benefits of fatty acids and their positive effect on vision. Now you can take concrete steps by honoring the essential role of Omega 3 fats in this process.

We hope we have helped you to see more clearly 🔍 about the benefits of Omega 3 for the eyes (oops, the pun was too tempting) and to understand the importance that these essential fatty acids have on eye health.

Take care of yourself ! ☀️

Eloise Dubois-Gaché - Naturopath

Naturopath and FENA certified

Thanks to her solid experience in different herbalists, Eloïse includes, if necessary, complete and precise advice in phytotherapy, aromatherapy, gemmotherapy and micro-nutrition when setting up a personalized and adapted lifestyle program to everyone.

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