Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Your Sight

omega3_2Fish oils good for your sight? That’s what recent research is suggesting. The newest nutrient linked to better vision as you age is omega-3 fatty acid, predominantly found in fish oil.  Chances are, you are not getting enough of them in your diet. Omega-3s are rapidly becoming an important tool in mainstream medicine; they seem to benefit each age group- from birth to old age.

So what are omega-3s? Omega-3s are essential fatty acids, we need them for our bodies to work properly. One of their most important benefits is that they seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Omega-3s tune down the body’s inflammation and that may be how they help prevent so many chronic diseases.

You’ve probably heard that omega-3s are good for your heart as they have enormous benefits from a cardiovascular standpoint.  Omega-3s can also reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and help increase bone density in older people with osteoporosis.  Studies have also shown that diets high in fatty fish may help prevent memory loss and lower the risk of dementia in older people.

In a study of 2,520 people, researchers at John Hopkins University reported that people who consumed diets rich in omega-3s fatty acids were significantly less likely to have advanced age-related macular degeneration. Additionally, the Clinical University of Navarra in Spain published findings from research in 2010 suggesting omega-3s may also protect against cataracts.

The verdict is still out on why omega-3s may protect against eye diseases. One guess is that these healthy oils reduce inflammation and thereby protect against cell damage.



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