Prevent age –related blindness with fish oil

People eating super food which contain omega 3 & fish oil are helpful in preventing the age-related blindness as you grow ages. People are already aware of the benefits of eating oily fish mackerel & nuts that reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease & heart attack. But new research claimed that omega 3 fatty acid protect against the loss of vision that develops with age called age related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Laser surgery & drugs can limit damage caused by the disease. AMD is the main cause of blindness in people over the age of 50 years. It robs people of the central vision necessary for reading, driving or simply recognizing people’s faces. The trail on mice showed that those fed with high levels of omega 3 found lower level of AMD.

The condition improved in 57 % of mice fed the highest levels for at least 12 weeks, compared with just 4 % on lower levels of omega 3. It is unclear how omega 3 works but the mechanism may be anti-inflammatory. The research team, said the results should apply in humans although the exact amount & duration of omega 3 needed to confer long-term benefits had to be determined.

The findings suggest regular consumption of a diet high in omega 3 would cut the risk of the disease & might also improve sight if taken up after it had developed. It is advised to eat fish at least twice a week, including one portion of oily fish. The best dietary source of omega 3 fatty acids is oily fish because the human body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids.

There has been an explosion in the number of foods fortified with omega-3 oils, such as chickens, margarine, eggs, milk & bread, but they contain only small amounts. Types of fish that contain high levels include tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines & anchovies.

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