Medical Professional to Medical Professional – Get Your Omega-3 Levels Tested
The beneficial effects of consuming omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), on cardiovascular health have been studied extensively.
Chronic undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are prevalent across the developing world. In addition to its substantial human costs, undernutrition has lifelong economic consequences.
The term “hidden hunger” refers to a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals which is not immediately apparent and can exist for a long time before clinical signs of malnutrition become obvious.
Micronutrient deficiencies due to dietary inadequacy are widespread in the developing world, where they may contribute to risks of morbidity, mortality, poor growth and development, and impaired cognition.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for growth and metabolism. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 2 billion people are deficient in key vitamins and minerals.
Studies have shown that adequate intakes of the micronutrients vitamin C and E, beta-carotene, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids can significantly contribute to the prevention, treatment, and/or slowing progression of a variety of age-related ocular illnesses.
Few scientific subjects have generated as many controversial opinions as antioxidants have. The topic is discussed not only in the scientific literature but also in the lay press.