Good Fats Reduce the Risk of Macular Degeneration

A study was reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology that revealed a protective effect of omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats against age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Jennifer Tan and her colleagues determined that men and women who consume at least one serving of fish per week had a 31% lower risk of developing macular degeneration compared to those who consumed less. Eating nuts, olive oil, and other good fats helped even more.

A follow-up study reported in the same journal, showed that those individuals who had a high intake of trans fats were at a significantly higher risk of developing macular degeneration. In my Healthy for Life Program, I strongly promote decreasing your intake of bad fats (saturated fats), eliminating trans fats, and increasing your intake of the good fats (monounsaturated and omega-3 fats). All fats are not bad. It is the types of fats you consume that are the key.

Fish oil tablets are readily available, but many are contaminated with mercury. Insure you only take a pharmaceutical grade fish oil.