04:36am Wednesday 16 October 2019

Researchers: Omega-3 fatty acids don't reduce the risk of macular degeneration

A common belief that loading up on omega-3 fatty acids may lead to less eyesight degeneration later in life has been found to be false, according to researchers.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute this week wrapped up a five-year study on eye disease, which concluded that omega-3 fatty acids do not reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. 

 Paul Bernstein, M.D., a renowned surgeon at the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, played a role in authoring the study.  Moran was also used as a test site for the study.

 Although the research rejects the presupposed benefits to eyesight derived from taking omega-3 fatty acids either in isolation, i.e. fish oil tablets, or as part of a formulated dietary  supplement, it did find that replacing beta-carotene with lutein and zeaxanthin might be helpful. 

 Read more about the study at http://areds2.org. View the NIH news release here.


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Melinda Rogers
Communications Specialist , University of Utah Health Sciences Office of Public Affairs
Cell Phone: 801-608-9888

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