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Salmon Consumption Leads Age-Related Macular Degeneration Prevention

August 18th, 2009

(Syndicated News) Of all age-related diseases, perhaps nothing is more dreaded than age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – a deterioration of the retina that leads to eventual blindness. Commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 55, instances of AMD have increased dramatically over the past decade as average life expectancy continues to reach all-time highs. Fortunately, experts state that preventing AMD can be as simple as selecting a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. According to Laura McNaughton of Salmon of the America’s farmed salmon is one of the easiest ways to obtain the nutrient.
“Farmed salmon has been proven to contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids,” states Laura McNaughton. “With recent reports stating that omega-3 can help prevent age-related macular degeneration, it’s the perfect food to eat on a regular basis.”
A new study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, in fact, states that consumption of fish rich in omega-3 can cut the risk of developing AMD by as much as 40 percent. The study comes on the heels of recent research by the Harvard University School of Public Health dispelling myths associating salmon consumption with mercury contamination. This, says McNaughton, is just one of many reasons that salmon should be a staple on family menus. While both wild and farmed salmon make up a healthy diet, farmed salmon contains larger amounts of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acides.
“Omega-3 is associated with more than just eye health. It improves memory function, benefits the circulatory system, and contributes to all-around bodily improvement,” says McNaughton. “People of all ages should be including farmed salmon on their weekly menu. After all, it’s never too late or too early to focus on health and it’s easy to see how farmed salmon contributes to a healthy body.”

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