Krill Oil for the Eyes: One of the Best Nutrients You Can Use to Protect Your Precious Vision1

Eye diseases of the retina may be prevented or lessened by reducing the omega-6 and increasing the omega-3 essential fatty acids in the diet, according to study results published in the July 2007 issue of Nature Medicine. The highlights of this exciting study will help you grasp the power of krill oil for protection against diseases of the retina.

The study explored the potential benefit of the omega-3 fatty acids from fish, and the destructive effect of omega-6 fatty acid (also in fish oil), on the retina of mice with oxygen-induced retinopathy. It was conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Goteborg in Sweden, and two organizations of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

The headline of a NIH press release sums it up: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids Protect Eyes Against Retinopathy, Study Finds. Retinopathies May Be Prevented or Lessened by a Change in Diet."2

According to NIH, the researchers found that "increasing omega-3 fatty acids and decreasing omega-6 fatty acids in the diet reduced the area of vessel loss that ultimately causes the growth of abnormal vessels and blindness. Omega 6 contributes to the growth of abnormal vessels in the retina."

To further test this finding, the researchers compared mice that were fed more omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acids; and mice fed less omega-3 fatty acids. "They found that the mice with higher amounts of omega-3 had a nearly 50% decrease in retinopathy." (Emphasis ours.)

In other words, a predominance of omega-3 can suppress the inflammatory effects of omega-6. And omega-6, an inflammation trigger found abundantly in fish oil and most vegetable oils, is already known to be excessive in the typical American diet, while omega-3 is seriously deficient.

We Interrupt the Study Information for this Important Message:

  • Unlike most any fish oil, Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™) has the unheard-of omega-3 dominance of 15:1. That's 15 parts omega-3 to 1 part omega 6. Most fish oil is 2:1 or 3:1.

Quotes from NIH Press Release Continue

NIH explains that "omega-3 fatty acids create chemical compounds known as bioactive mediators" that suppress a type of inflammatory protein associated with retinal blood vessels.

"Our findings represent new evidence suggesting the possibility that omega-3 fatty acids act as protective factors in diseases that affect retinal blood vessels," said John Paul SanGiovanni, Sc.D., NEI staff scientist and a lead author of the study. "This is a major conceptual advance in the effort to identify modifiable factors that may influence inflammatory processes implicated in the development of common sight-threatening retinal diseases."

Although the body can't manufacture omega-3 and must get it from diet or supplementation, "the retina has one of the highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in the body," said lead author Kip M. Connor, Ph.D. of Children's Hospital Boston. "Given this, it is remarkable that with only a two percent change in dietary omega-3 intake, we observed an approximate 40-50 percent decrease in retinopathy severity."

The Three Types of Retina Disease that Omega-3 May Help1

  • Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease of prematurely born infants that can lead to blindness. (Retinopathy in the mouse is similar to that of ROP.)
  • Diabetic retinopathy, caused by diabetes.
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 60.

The NEI is now conducting a study to assess the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the progression of AMD, and Children's Hospital Boston will test the effects of omega-3 supplements in premature infants. Said senior investigator Lois E. H. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., "Our study results suggest that increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake in premature infants may significantly decrease the occurrence of ROP. This changing of lipids by dietary means may also translate to AMD and diabetic retinopathy. If clinical trials find that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids is as effective in protecting humans against retinal disease as demonstrated by the findings of this study, this cost-effective intervention could benefit millions of people."

Protect Your Vision Now

  • 13 million Americans have signs of macular degeneration, 230,000 are blind due to AMD, and 6,300,000 are projected to have it by 2030.
  • 7 million American diabetics have diabetic retinopathy, and 700,000 are presently at risk of blindness.3

So far there is no cure for any of these eye diseases, but it looks like science has found definite protection from their onset and progression.

Start protecting your precious vision now with Neptune Krill Oil: the highest quality, most effective form of omega-3 available today. Not only does it deliver a uniquely healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. Unlike fish oil or anything else in nature, it also contains a super-antioxidant called esterified astaxanthin to battle the free radical damage that so strongly contributes to eye disease. So look for the "NKO" trademark on any private-labled krill oil bottle. You'll be giving unprecedented support to your eyes and most other areas of your health as well!


2 U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, NIH News and National Eye Institute, June 24 2007

3 U of Washington, Dept of Ophthalmology, Statistics on Blindness and Blinding Diseases in the United States, 1/1/2004

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