The documented health benefits we receive from omega 3 fatty acids are numerous. Still new research keeps discovering even more ways omega 3 fats help protect us from common diseases.
The research reviewed is one of these studies. The researchers investigated if omega 3 fatty acid intake would make a difference for age related maculopathy (Merle B, et al. 2011). The macula is an area at the center of the retina. Maculopathy means degenerative changes of the macula which is associated with progressive loss of vision.
The research participants were 73 years old or older. The conclusion of the study was that the results confirmed a decreased risk for age related maculopathy in the participants with high intake of omega fatty acids.
It takes many years to develop macular degeneration and the earlier you start to take omega 3 fatty acids the better it is. This would be beneficial not only for your eyes, but also for many other reasons including your cardiovascular system.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the important fatty acids of omega 3 fats.
750 mg of EPA and 750 mg of DHA daily would be enough unless you have an inflammatory condition. If you do then you would benefit from taking a higher amount.