Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Several studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help protect adult eyes from macular degeneration and dry eye disease.
The typical American diet, characterized by significant amounts of meat and processed foods, tends to contain 10 to 30 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids. This imbalance of fatty acids appears to be a contributing cause of a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, cancer, asthma, arthritis and depression.
One of the best steps you can take to improve your diet is to eat more foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fewer that are high in omega-6 fatty acids.
For a more nutritious diet and potentially better eye health try theses simple changes:
- Replace cooking oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids with olive oil, which has significantly lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids.
- Eat plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid hydrogenated oils (found in many snack foods) and margarine.
- Avoid fried foods and foods containing trans fats.
- Limit your consumption of red meat.