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PIA Press Release
2009/06/16

Feature: Find blindness with lutein, Omega 3

Manila (16 June) -- If you are over the age of 75, chances are you can be one of several candidates of age-related blindness caused by macular degeneration, a disorder causing irreversible vision loss!

People who have this disorder develop an area of vision loss that increases in diameter until are unable to read or even see groups of two to three words at normal reading distance. However, recent research results have proven that lutein and omega-3 are two nutrients critical to preventing AMD. Lutein functions as a natural eyeshade protecting the retina against too much light as well as an antioxidant that fights free radicals. Omega-3 fish oils may likewise protect people against AMD. IT enhances development of photoreceptors necessaty for good vision.

Dark, leafy green vegetables are the best sources of lutein, especially spinach, kale (a variety of cabbage), dark green cabbage, lettuce, onion, peas and watercress. Although lutein is a member of the family of substances known as carotenoids, it is not found in high concentrations in yellow and orange vegetables. In local fishes, DHA is found exclusively in salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines. Yoghurt, margarines, and spreads may have omega-3 added to them. A diet in vitamins C and E also lowers the chances of developing AMD. (DOST/PIA) [top]

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