Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Feast your eyes on fish. Research shows a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help protect seniors from age-related vision loss.

Eating plenty of seafood and fish could help keep vision trouble at bay. A new study published in the journal Ophthalmology found that seniors who ate the most shellfish and fatty fish were significantly less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration — the leading cause of blindness in older adults. This backs up previous research that suggests fish oil may be good for your baby browns or blues. Though more research is needed, adding a few servings of fish to your weekly menu is always a healthful idea.

Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, trout, tuna and mackerel. As for other ways to protect your peepers: Keep your blood pressure down, don’t smoke and eat several helpings of leafy greens per week.

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