Good for Your Eyes: Omega-3 and Vitamin D
Yup, omega-3 and vitamin D are being linked to eye health. Robert Preidt of HealthDay News reports:
Eating plenty of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids -- such as tuna and salmon -- may reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration, a new study says.Of course, fish isn’t your only source of omega-3. Dr. Fuhrman talks about this in today’s post Fatty Acids and Fish Oil. And as far as vitamin D goes, just check out the Importance of Vitamin D:
The study findings are published in the May issue of the journal Archives of Ophthalmology.
A second study in the same issue of the journal found that people with higher blood levels of vitamin D may reduce their risk of early stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness among older adults in the United States. AMD occurs when the macula, located at the back of the retina, deteriorates over time.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that your body makes after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Vitamin D functions as a hormone because it sends a message to the intestines to increase the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. By promoting calcium absorption, vitamin D helps to form and maintain strong bones.
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