The Women’s Health Study, which included almost 40,000 female health professionals, with an average age of 55, conducted over a 10 year period, found those who ate fish, like canned tuna, salmon and sardines, once per week had about 40% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than those who did not. Women who consumed the most EPA and DHA, the two omega-3 fats in fish, also had a 40% lower risk than those who consumed the least.
“Eating just one serving of dark-meat fish per week appears to provide a plethora of health benefits and the good news is not exclusive to women,” say co-authors Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel of the new book, TurboCharged:
There is a clinical trial presently underway (AREDS 2) which is specifically designed to examine the benefits of omega-3 fats and should conclusively answer the question of whether regular consumption can prevent AMD.
Importantly, there was no risk reduction found with consumption of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), the omega-3 fat found in soy, canola and flax oils.
The Griesel’s conclude, “Fish is well-recognized as a tasty, easy to prepare and nutritious food. Regular consumption of fish has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration and other significant diseases. It is definitely worth trying to eat at least 2 servings per week to obtain all the possible benefits.”
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