Diet for Age Related Macular Degeneration – Eat More Fish!

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Image of salmon and other fatty fish diet for age related macular degeneration Cooper Complete Eye HealthResearch shows there is a diet for age related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in older Americans. In a study published in the July 12 (2010) journal of Ophthalmology, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore analyzed data from 2,520 adults aged 65- to 84 who had eye exams and completed detailed dietary questionnaires. 15 percent of those in the study were identified as having early- or intermediate- stage AMD, while less than 3 percent were in the advanced stage of the disease. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in senior Americans.

Researchers didn’t find a clear link between fish consumption and the risk of AMD. However, they did find a connection between diet and the odds of advanced AMD. The subjects with advanced AMD were significantly less likely to consume fish/shellfish high in omega-3 fatty acids. Study participants who reported eating one or more servings of fatty fish each week were 60 percent less likely to have advanced AMD than those who averaged less than a serving a week!

Diet for Age Related Macular Degeneration Prevention focuses on Fish and Greens

Omega-3 rich seafood choices include cold-water fish salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines. There are also good levels of omega-3 in halibut, pollock, shrimp, trout and tuna (including canned or packages of tuna fish). Tilapia and catfish, two very common items on seafood menus, unfortunately have very low levels of omega-3s. If you don’t eat seafood two or more times per week, consider taking omega-3 fatty acids in supplement form in order to get these essential fatty acids.

Another important component of a diet for age related macular degeneration prevention is consumption of dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens. The MIND Diet (Mediterranean Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) in fact recommends we eat a leafy green salad daily. Vary the ingredients of your green salad, and focus on adding all kinds of different leafy lettuces and herbs, in addition to spinach, kale and cabbage. Click here to read a great recap on how to keep your MIND sharp with the MIND diet.

Reference

Ophthalmology Review Journal

The Impact of Fish and Shellfish Consumption on Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

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