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Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Eye Disease In The Elderly

The omega-3 fatty acids—found in fish and fish oil supplements—could prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness and poor sight in the elderly.

By Daily Mail

Omega-3 fatty acids—found in fish and fish oil supplements

The omega-3 fatty acids—found in fish and fish oil supplements—could prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness and poor sight in the elderly.

No drugs can treat the problem, but researchers have found that omega-3 blocks the growth of blood vessels, one of the main characteristics of AMD.

Although the tests thus far have been on laboratory mice, researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear research institute are confident that the fatty acids could work just as well on human subjects.

Their discovery couldn’t come at a better time.  It’s reckoned that the prevalence of AMD will increase by 50% by 2020.

Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1401191111) Other sources:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2659617/Oily-fish-help-stop-blindness-older-Omega-3-stop-range-eye-conditions-caused-damage-retina-tiny-blood-vessels.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140616151458.htm

Study reference: R. Yanai, L. Mulki, E. Hasegawa, K. Takeuchi, H. Sweigard, J. Suzuki, P. Gaissert, D. G. Vavvas, K.-H. Sonoda, M. Rothe, W.-H. Schunck, J. W. Miller, K. M. Connor. Cytochrome P450-generated metabolites derived from  -3 fatty acids attenuate neovascularization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401191111

Disclaimer: The information presented is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a octor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications.

2014-06-27
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