Progression of Macular Degeneration Slowed By Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Age related Macualr Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the U.S. and worldwide. Just published research from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary showed that supplements of Omega 3-fayy acids inhibited the growth of blood vessels in the back of the eye as occurs in the development of macular degeneration. K. Connor, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and senior author of the paper states, “These are the first results showing that omega (ω)-3 LCPUFAs and their CYP derived metabolites can regulate choroidal angiogenesis (growth of blood vessels-editor’s note)… “The fact that this can be accomplished with physiologically relevant naturally occurring lipid metabolites is of significant clinical interest as these molecules are readily available and considered to be safe. Our findings …show promising therapeutic potential for resolution of Macular Degeneration.” The authors also point out that the value of omega-3 fatty acids will likely extend to other heart and vascular problems which develop via similar mechanisms to that which occurs in macular degeneration.
The best food sources of the omega-3 fatty acids are found in a variety of foods. The richest food sources are fish, vegetables, and oils. There are also significant amounts of Omega-3s in lamb, veal, and legumes. And lesser amounts are also found in poultry, dairy and eggs, and also in nuts and seeds.

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