14 May

Fish, nuts and olive oil may cut risk of age-related blindness

A diet of fish, nuts and olive oil, as well as moving away from trans fats, can help lower the risk of a common eye disorder, two separate studies reported this week.

olive-oil-and-eyeThe studies both found that adding omega-3 fatty acids to a diet significantly reduced the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that destroys the macula, which allows individuals to have sharp, central vision needed to read and drive.

In the first study, researchers at the University of Sydney’s Westmead Hospital examined 2,454 volunteers, who were asked to keep a log of their food intake from 1992 to 1994.

They found that eating one serving of fish weekly cut the risk of developing early AMD by 31 percent while a serving or two of nuts weekly lowered AMD risk by 35 percent.

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