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Which food reduces the risk of Macular Degeneration in women?

A recent study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology shows that a regular diet of fish and supplementation of the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA significantly reduces the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers gathered data on the eating habits of 38,022 women who completed a questionnaire at the onset of the study. The women were then followed up with over a span of ten years to track the diagnosis of macular degeneration. What researchers discovered is that women who consumed the most DHA compared to those who consumed the least amount had a 38 percent lower risk of developing macular degeneratoin. Women who had a higher intake of EPA had a 35 percent lower risk. Women who consumed one or more servings of fish a week had a 42 percent lower risk of developing macular degeneration. It is believed that Omega-3 fatty acids help to maintain or improve blood flow in the eye with their anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerotic and antithrombotic effects on blood vessels. Omega-3 fatty acids had previously been shown in studies  to reduce the number of cardiovascular episodes. Repeated benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids prompted the National Eye Institute to add ROPUFA Omega-3 Fatty Acids to the AREDS2 trial and led the formulation of VisiVite Premier Ocular Formula No. 2, which contains genuine ROPUFA-75 as used in AREDS2.* Elise Ervin Staff Writer

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