Omega-3 may reduce age-related macular degeneration
Lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 levels important for visual health
by Newsletter Editor
Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the increasing blindness in the center of the field of vision, and the most common form of age-related visual impairment. In addition to lutein and zeaxanthin, the eye also stores omega-3 DHA, which helps the retina filter light.
In this study, doctors testing for a link to AMD measured omega-3 levels in 963 men and women, aged at least 73, and followed up with an eye exam seven to ten years later. Compared to those with lower levels, those with higher circulating levels of omega-3 fatty acids were 38 percent less likely to have developed late-stage AMD.
Reference: The Journal of Nutrition; 2013, Vol. 143, No. 4, 505-11