Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Why You Should Eat That Tuna Sandwich?

Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is the most common cause of blindness in the old. Although there are currently around 200,000 sufferers in the UK alone, a suprisingly large number of adults have never heard of this devastating eye condition which impairs people's central vision. However, there is a bit of good news, as study undertaken at Harvard has revealed that if you eat oily fish, such as tuna, on a regular basis you will be lowering your risk of developing AMD by about 42%.

So what is so special about oily fish like tuna in helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration? Well, oily fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are also known to help protect you against heart attacks, help lower cholesterol, improve mental agility, reduce the symptoms of PMS and  help soothe the pain of arthritis. To gain this 42% protection from developing AMD, you would need to eat 1-2 portions of tuna or other oily fish every week.

If you are one of those people, however, who do not like fish, omega 3 is found in several other foods and you can also now buy omega-3 fish oil supplements.  So next time that you go out for lunch, make sure that you order that tuna sandwich or maybe make yourself some sardines on toast?

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