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Ocular Metabolism

This report presents Omega-3 fats that also have anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties (890 KB)

Fish and other marine species accumulate Omega-3 fats in their flesh derived from consumption of phytoplankton and algae. These fatty acids are essential for development and maintenance of neural tissue in the retina, brain, spinal column and peripheral nerves in the unborn growing fetus in a pregnant woman, as well as in children, teens, young and middle age adults, and the elderly.

The trace mineral zinc has anti-viral properties and also builds the enzyme super-oxide dismutase (2.85 MB)

Various salts of zinc can be effective as oral supplements. Long term supplementation in adults may inhibit absorption of copper and other trace elements especially if the dosage exceeds 50 mg per day. Among other natural food sources, pumpkin seeds are a superior source of zinc and may be consumed raw without shell.

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The role of dietary nutrients and biochemical as well as metabolic processes-- both within the cytoplasm of cells and in extra-cellular regions-- is a growing area of research for ocular, somatic and cognitive conditions-- and some of this research is leading to changes in clinical practice with or without concomitant pharmaceutical and surgical interventions.


In these pages on Ocular Metabolism, Dr. Aggarwala presents a limited but potentially useful survey of the peer-reviewed literature with short summaries to enable optometrists and ophthalmologists, and any other health care practitioners or scholars, to become acquainted without searching through the millions of articles on medical databases and potentially questionable sources accessed by internet search engines.