Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Eating More Seafood Helps You See

Eating seafood more often can help protect your eyes and keep your vision sharp for longer. While we're often advised to eat more fish, especially salmon, for heart health, it turns out that our eyes can benefit from the fruits of the sea as well! These benefits are thanks to the inflammation reducing and blood-vessel protective effects of the omega-3 fatty acids contained in seafood.

Researchers have now found that eating a variety of seafood including shellfish more often results in lower levels advanced macular degeneration, especially in older adults. Choosing foods like oysters, crabs and tuna, among others, can help prevent this common cause of age-related blindness.

It was found in the study that most people who showed lower levels of vision problems only ate fish once a week on average, but those people who ended up with impaired vision were far less likely to consume seafood. This suggests that even a weekly dose of seafood can help protect your vision, as opposed to avoiding it all together or eating it far less frequently. So dive in, it's not that scary.

It just goes to show once again that it's hard to go wrong with healthy eating - once you've got that down, there are so many other benefits that come part in parcel - some of which we know about and other we have yet to discover! So even if fish won't make you see like Superman, at least you're doing your whole body and overall health a big favour. Plus, in case you forgot - it's delicious!