Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Eat More Fish to Keep Your Vision Sharp

Source: Reuters Health via Medline Plus (Summary by NIM)

Eating fish has long been associated with an overall improved health profile. It's a staple food in the Mediterranean diet - arguably the healthiest way of eating in the world - and for good reason! Now, a new study adds to an existing body of research that connects the consumption of fish with a lower risk of age related vision loss.

In the current American study, the diets of older adults who underwent eye exams were examined. It was found that those who consumed more fatty fish had a lower risk of developing AMD and enjoyed a protective effect against vision impairment. AMD, short for Age-related Macular Degeneration, is a condition that causes damage to the back of the eye resulting in the loss of central vision. People with AMD have trouble reading, driving and seeing faces, among other things. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in Canadians.

In the study, however, it wasn't just any fish that helped prevent AMD, it had to be fatty fish; fish that contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, presumably because of it's anti-inflammatory effects. Don't worry, though, if you love eating low-fat fish like sole, tilapia, basa or cod - they're all great sources of lean protein and also have excellent effects on your health, including lowering the consumption of saturated fat in your diet. Just be sure to enjoy some salmon once or twice a week and you're good to go!

Read more at Reuters Health via Medline Plus (July 20, 2010) in the article called "Fish eaters show lower risk of age-related eye disease".