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Preterm Babies Given Certain Fatty Acids Found To Have Better Vision


Preterm babies given a supplement with a combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids have better visual function by the age of two and a half. This has been shown by a study at the University of Gothenburg.


Whether you are young, middle-aged, or elderly, ensuring a proper supply of the correct micronutrients plays a vital role in protecting eye health. Nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, beta carotene, zinc, bioflavonoids, and vitamins A and C are essential for the proper functioning of cells in the retina (the thin layer of tissue at the back of each eye that converts light into signals which it sends to the brain), and the macula (the most sensitive spot at the center of the retina, which is responsible for central vision and color vision).

The optic nerve carries signals and light impulses from the retina to the brain. Nutrients such as the amino acid cysteine, vitamins C and E, and lipoic acid work together synergistically to protect the functions of this important nerve.

The blood vessels that supply blood and nourishment to the eyes are made of cells that require the amino acid arginine for contraction and relaxation, and vitamin C to ensure optimum collagen production for supporting blood vessel strength and integrity.

To read about research showing that high-dose vitamin C protects against the progression of cataracts, see this article on our website.

To learn more about the benefits of micronutrients for healthy eyes, see this article on our website.