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Eyefoods Tips: Omega 3's

Eyefoods TipsLaurie Capogna

To get the same amount of Omega 3 that you would get form 1 fillet of salmon you would need to eat a dozen eggs.

Omega 3 eggs are a great Eyefood however, they don’t replace fish in the diet.

Eating 2 servings of wild salmon (Alaska) per week and 2 servings of other cold-water fis will provide your body with an omega-3 intake equivalent to 850 mg of DHA and EPA per day.

In comparison one omega-3 egg contains approximately 125mg of DHA (omega-3 fatty acids).  Although they are not a replacement for DHA and EPA in fish, eggs are a great source of other eye nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E and zinc.

Omega 3 fatty acids are important for eye health as they can decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration and are also therapeutic for patients with dry eye syndrome.

Take note however, that you should not take more than three grams of omega-3 fatty acids per day unless under the care of a physician. High levels may cause excessive bleeding in rare cases.