Eating Halibut Could Significantly Reduce Your Risk For Developing AMD

Baked Halibut with Oranges and DatesMaybe your mother or grandfather had age-related macular degeneration (or AMD), but it doesn’t mean you have to travel that same road. AMD is an eye condition that damages the central part of the retina and is a common cause of vision loss and blindness in older people. While you can’t change your genetics, you can change your diet and eat foods that support eye health, like halibut for example.

The Benefit of Omega 3 on AMD

Fatty coldwater fish, such as halibut, are a primary source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for brain and eye health. Studies show that people who ate at least one serving of omega 3-rich fish weekly could significantly decrease their chances of developing AMD. Omega 3s may also help protect against dry eye syndrome, as well as help with the proper drainage of intraocular fluid from the eye– this decreases the risk of high eye pressure and glaucoma, another leading cause of blindness.

Halibut is also a good source of vitamin D, and research suggests this vitamin can help protect your eyes from AMD. Most people get their vitamin D from sunshine, but fatty, coldwater fish are the best food sources for it. In fact, an 8 oz. serving of halibut contains more than three times the vitamin D found in a glass of milk.

If you aren’t in the habit already, try eating at least one serving of fish per week– particularly coldwater fish such as halibut– and you’ll be on your way toward better eye health and long-lasting vision.

Baked Halibut Recipe with Dates

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 1-2 tsp grapeseed oil
  • About 1 lb halibut, cut into two fillets
  • 1-2 tsp grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup chopped dates (about 4 dates)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh orange juice (+ extra)
  • ½ tsp orange zest (+ extra)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450. Grease a pan with oil, then place halibut fillets into pan, skin side down.
  • Lightly season halibut fillets with sea salt and pepper.
  • Place chopped dates, orange juice, water and orange zest into blender and blend until it forms a paste.
  • Baste fillets with the date paste.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the fish flakes off with a fork.
  • Sprinkle a little extra orange zest and orange juice on top of the fillets. Serve with a salad or vegetable side dish.