Fish Oil Helps Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

By on Mar 16, 2011 in Health Comments

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Fish oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acids can prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to the results of recent studies posted on international sites.

According to William Christen, lead researcher and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, only 235 out of 38,022 women tested were affected by AMD over a ten year period. All of the women were not diagnosed with AMD at the start of the study. About 9 million cases of vision loss were caused by AMD.

Christen’s group provide a questionnaire that asked women about their eating habits and their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and two omega-6 fatty acids, arachidonic acid and linoleic acid.

The study finds that women who ate tuna and dark-meat fish that include salmon and sardines at least once a week were 38 percent less likely to suffer from AMD compared to those who ate fish only once a month.

Reports say that the National Eye Institute has funded a study of a randomized testing on whether omega-3 supplements prevents advanced macular degeneration. Earlier test results showed that the risk of having an advanced age-related macular degeneration is reduced by about 25 percent by taking zinc and antioxidants reduced.

The recent findings will be published in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, a journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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