July 10, 2009
More proof that you can stop serious eye disease without drugs or surgery
In my last health alert, I showed you how your diet can greatly affect your eyesight. Eating the Living Foods Diet can stop many serious eye diseases, including glaucoma. Now there's more evidence that eating the right food can stop age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
A recent report suggests that eating at least one serving of omega-3 rich fish per week could cut your risk of AMD by 50-70%. The researchers in the study gave a food questionnaire to 105 subjects with AMD and 2,170 controls. They found that those whose intake of DHA and EPA was at least 300 mg per day were 68-71% less likely to have AMD, compared to those with the lowest consumption of the two omega-3 fatty acids.
I like this report. I believe in prevention. And I've seen fish oils work wonders for eyesight. However, I'm a vegetarian and don't take any fish oil. I have had my fatty acids measured and have plenty of the 20 carbon chain EPA and DHA. And, my optometrist tells me that my macula looks 20 years less than my chronological age even with AMD in my family.
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I still eat plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. I just get them from plants instead of fish oil. Fish oils are 20 carbon-chain molecules in length. Natural omega-3 from plants is 18 carbons in length. These are far more physiologic to your cell membranes. So, it is decidedly possible that plant based omega-3 will be as good and possibly superior.
Another study found that flax and borage oil can wonderfully improve skin inflammation in eczematous disorders. If these plant oils can so fix your skin, they certainly should help every tissue in your body, including your eyes.
If you are at risk of AMD, consider some extra omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Alaska salmon is one of the best sources from food. Advanced Bionutritionals' Healthy Resolve contains a fabulous fish oil supplement. And they also sell Yes EFA, which is my favorite fatty acid supplement. Whichever omega-3 product you use, you're sure to be helping your eyes get and stay healthy. The research proves it.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Ref: Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Aug;88(2):398-406; Br J Nutr. 2008 Sep 2:1-6. Published Online.