High Dose Omega-3s Linked to Improved Vision for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Sufferers
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. A recent study suggests that supplementation with both high dose EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may improve vision in individuals suffering from AMD.
The participants in this pilot study were given 3.4 grams of EPA and 1.6 grams of DHA daily for six months. At the end of the 4.5 month study, 100% of the participants showed improvement in the clearness of their vision.
The researchers noted that recent published studies had found no association between omega-3 fatty acids and improved symptoms of AMD. They stressed that their study showed a positive link because of the increased dosage of omega-3s used and the higher levels of EPA delivered to the participants.
Researchers from the Ophtalmos Research and Educational Institute in Cyprus conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 18, 2013 in the journal PharmaNutrition.
Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including alleviating arthritis pain, improving mood, and aiding your immune system.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to ensure they are part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in DHA and EPA omega-3s, while ALA omega-3 fatty-acids are plant derived and can be found in flaxseed oil, vegetable oil, and walnuts.