The Women’s Health Study found those who ate fish, like canned tuna, salmon and sardines, once per week had about 40% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than those who did not.
New York, NY, August 10, 2011 -- Age related macular degeneration is a serious medical condition that can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces. It is a major cause of visual impairment in adults aged 50 and older.
The Women’s Health Study, which included almost 40,000 female health professionals, with an average age of 55, conducted over a 10 year period, found those who ate fish, like canned tuna, salmon and sardines, once per week had about 40% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than those who did not. Women who consumed the most EPA and DHA, the two omega-3 fats in fish, also had a 40% lower risk than those who consumed the least.
“Eating just one serving of dark-meat fish per week appears to provide a plethora of health benefits and the good news is not exclusive to women,” say co-authors Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel of the new book, TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (BSH, 2011). A study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research supports their thinking. It reported that the omega3s, specific to dark meat fish like salmon and sardines, seem to be effective for cutting and even undoing the risks for men with prostate cancer. “While more research is necessary, these and other studies certainly provide circumstantial evidence that omega-3 fatty acids provide essential disease fighting and health building nutrients our bodies need,” say the Griesels.
There is a clinical trial presently underway (AREDS 2) which is specifically designed to examine the benefits of omega-3 fats and should conclusively answer the question of whether regular consumption can prevent AMD.
Importantly, there was no risk reduction found with consumption of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), the omega-3 fat found in soy, canola and flax oils.
The Griesel’s conclude, “Fish is well-recognized as a tasty, easy to prepare and nutritious food. Regular consumption of fish has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration and other significant diseases. It is definitely worth trying to eat at least 2 servings per week to obtain all the possible benefits.”
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