Posted December 6, 2012
For years medical professionals have touted the benefits of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart. Now scientists have discovered the hidden value of omega-3 fatty acids in benefiting eye health.
Researchers have discovered that an omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in cold-water fish, such as sardines, herring, salmon and tuna, is beneficial in preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This disease results in the loss of central vision, reducing the loss of fine-detailed vision required for driving, reading, detecting colors and recognizing people.
In studies conducted at the University of Alberta, researchers confirmed that individuals diagnosed with AMD have an accumulation of a toxic molecule in the retina, which leads to vision loss. During these studies, they noticed that individuals who regularly consumed foods rich in omega-3 did not accumulate this toxic molecule. Researchers also discovered that omega-3 fatty acids are vital to the normal vision development in infants.
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Do you regularly include fish, flax, walnuts and/or dark green leafy vegetables in your diet? Or do you prefer to take a supplement?