Ladies: Eat fish to avoid age-related blindness, new study advises

OTTAWA, ON - May 5, 2011 - Eating fish may be a way to ward off age-related macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness, according to a recent study published online in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

A recent study of a large population of women showed that regular consumption of fish and EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids found in fish) was associated with a significant decrease in the risk of age-related macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness.

DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids are found in high concentrations in many fish and shellfish species, including salmon, trout, mussels and oysters, and have already been found to lower incidences of Alzheimer’s Disease, cardiovascular disease, depression and attention deficit disorder.

“Chalk up another health benefit for fish,” said Ruth Salmon, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance. “All fish and shellfish – whether farmed-raised or wild-caught, are healthy and nutritious food choices that offer health benefits for people of all ages. In addition to being a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, seafood is a healthy source of high quality protein, rich in vitamins and minerals – and very low in saturated fat.”

Full study is online at: http://bit.ly/iOyH2J.

For more information, or to request an interview, please contact:

Jeremy Twigg
Fleishman-Hillard Communications
Jeremy.Twigg@Fleishman.ca 
604-688-2505