Monday, November 26, 2007

Omega-3 Can Protect Against Retinopathy

A recent study of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found that a diet rich in omega-3s protected against retinopathy in mice. Retinopathy in premature babies, diabetic retinopathy, and "wet" age-related macular degeneration are the 3 leading causes of blindness. While Western diets tend to have a 10:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, the ideal ratio range is 2:1 to 5:1. A Japanese style diet more closely matches the ideal ratio of fatty acids.

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