Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Macular Degeneration

Consumption of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent macular degeneration.  According to research published in the July 2006 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduced the risk of developing macular degeneration.

Two different studies have shown that people who ate fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least oncea  week were less likely to develop macular degeneration.  One study indicated that the risk of developing this eye disease weas reduced by approximately 42 percent.  The other study indicated the risk of developing macular degeneration was approximately 44 percent.

The reduced risk was associated with developing early stage macular degeneration.  The reduction of risk associated with late stage macular degeneration was approximately 56 percent.

People who ate fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids three times or more in a week were shown to have a 75 percent reduction in risk of developing late stage macular degeneration.

In one study it was shown that reducing the dietary fats associated with things such as beef, pork and lamb, the risk of developing macular degeneration was further reduced.  The benefits obtained from consuming omega-3 fatty acids were offset by consuming foods with omega-6 fatty acids typically found in those meats.

The research showed that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids resulted in a a reduced risk of the eye disease – macular degeneration.  Altering ones diet to reduce fats associated with beef, pork, lamb, processed foods and trans-fats, and increasing the uses of olive oil, flaxseed oil and omega-3 oils meant healther eyes and less risk of developing macular degeneration.

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