Omega-3 Fatty Acids Could Prevent Macular Degeneration

Omega-3 fatty acids may hold the key in protecting the eye against macular degeneration.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), macular degeneration causes damage to the central vision and the retina.  A new investigation indicates Omega-3 fatty acids may protected against macular degeneration.

Researchers studied the amount of fish and shellfish consumed by more than 2,300 participants.  With both seafood being rich in omega-3 fatty acides, researchers wanted to determine the effect on macular degeneration.  All participants in the study were between the ages of 65 and 84 years old and were classified into four major groups.  These included groups with no macular degeneration, early macular degeneration, intermediate stage and advanced macular degeneration.

The study’s lead researcher, Sheila K. West indicated the study supported earlier findings and other research indicating the benefits of omega-3 and how it may protect against advanced macular degeneration.

Dr. West indicated that while all of the participants ate an average of one serving of fish or shellfish per week, those with advanced macular degeneration were less likely to consume high omega-3 fish and seafood when compared to all other participants.

Other findings from previous research had also indicated the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and showed that high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids were found in the retina and could prevent vision damage.