Macular degeneration creates vision problems especially when there is a macular hole- as depicted in the photo above where one cannot see the image at the center vision field. This significantly impairs quality of life.
We macular degeneration is when the eye starts bleeding due to the fragile blood vessels in the eye, which can cause total blindness if left untreated.
A new study shows that omega-3 fatty acids could help with wet macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is expected to increase by fifty percent (50%) in older adults in industrialized countries by 2020. As the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly, it is a condition of serious significance. The macula is the central part of the retina. It is responsible for the central vision. The retina is a thin layer of nerves and visual receptors at the back of the eye that is composed of rods and cones. It transmits visual signals to the brain. It is supported by the choroid, a network of blood vessels that feed and nourish the retina.
A new in vivo study shows that omega-3 fatty acids can radically reduce neovascularization in the choroid. The effect seems to be the result of metabolites of omega-3 fatty acids produced by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. Mice fed omega-3′s had statistically significant lower rates of neovascularization. This offers promising hope for those suffering from wet macular degeneration, which comprises about 10% of all AMD cases.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found most plentifully in fish oil and krill oil, which is readily available in health food stores. There are vegetarian versions as well through algae sources.
Here are the references for this article.
Study: Cytochrome P450-generated metabolites derived from ω-3 fatty acids attenuate neovascularization, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1401191111
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