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Lower Risk of Eye Disease with Omega-3

Fish: A Good Source Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids The leading cause of extreme vision loss in elderly men and women today is age-related macular degeneration. A study published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology states that the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of this age related vision condition. Researchers from Australia have taken numerous studies done on AMD that included a total of 88,974 people and 3,203 of them who already had AMD. The studies and observations found that those who had a high intake of Omega-3 through their diet had a 38% decrease in their risk of developing late AMD. On the other hand eating fish twice a week was found to reduce the risk of early and late AMD. 

Researchers from the University of Melbourne found that an Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency may be the cause of AMD. The reason for this is that Omega-3 acids form an essential layer within the retina and the outer cells of the retina are continually shed and regenerated. With this being said if you are deficient of Omega-3 then you may not have the necessary cells within your retina to see clearly. The researchers conclude their study to state that although their study was successful it is just the beginning of the research. They not encouraging anyone to boost their Omega-3 intake solely for this reason as there is not quite enough evidence yet to support their theories.

On the other hand, Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial in more ways than one:

  • A decreased risk of heart disease.
  • Crucial role in brain function and development.
  • Essential for pregnant mothers.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Help prevent chronic conditions such as cancer.
  • Decrease high cholesterol levels.
  • Control diabetes.
  • Assist in weight loss goals.
  • Cure depression.

This is just a small example of the different health benefits that can be derived from Omega-3 fatty acids. You can obtain Omega-3 from more places then just fish. Supplementation is optimal for those who do not like to eat fish or are vegetarian. On the other hand it can also be obtained through nut oils, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and walnut oils. It is important to make sure that you have an adequate amount of Omega-3 fatty acids within your diet in order to make sure you do not begin to experience a deficiency. Visit your doctor today to find out your levels so you can know exactly how to alter your diet or supplement.

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