Fish Oil Lowers Risk of Macular Degeneration

Published: September 29, 2012
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A meta-analysis (review) looked at nine studies which enrolled a total of 88,974 people, including 3,203 cases of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). High dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) was associated with a 38% reduction in the risk for late AMD. Eating fish at least twice weekly was associated with a 24% decreased risk for early AMD as well.

Among elderly people, AMD is the leading cause of vision loss. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), 1 of the 2 key oils in fish oil, is an essential part of both retinal and brain tissues.

For more information, see "Macular Degeneration."

References

Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126:826-833

Article in Medscape (free registration required).

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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