You may find it hard to believe that fat is essential to your health, but it’s true. Without fat, our bodies can’t function properly. And without the proper kinds of fats in our diet, our eye health also may suffer.
Fatty acids are the “building blocks” of fat.
Some fatty acids — called essential fatty acids (EFA’s) — are necessary to our diet because our body can’t produce them. To stay healthy, we must obtain these fatty acids from our food.
Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, may benefit eye health.
Deficiencies of omega-3 fatty acids in adults (particularly omega-3) can lead to impaired vision. Studies suggest that prolonged deficiencies may increase the risk of damage to the Retina and increase the likelihood of Glaucoma
A large multi-site study found that people who eat at least two servings of fish weekly were 39% less likely to develop age-related macula degeneration (ARMD/AMD) the leading cause of irreversible vision loss among people over 65 in the United States.
Researches also found that the amount, type, and ratio of essential fatty acids in the diet may play a key role in the prevention of Dry Eye Syndrome. We should all try to consume about 1200 to1500mg of Omega 3 fatty acids daily (about 1 capsule of fish oil or 1 serving fatty fish).
Author: Dr. Matthew Skrdla
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