Health problem? Go fish!
From the Winter 2006 Issue of Aging Wisely
Dry eyes are not only uncomfortable, they also make it harder to read, use a computer, and drive at night. Artificial tears offer some relief, but it doesn’t last.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked for links between dry eye syndrome and diet among more than 32,000 women ages 45 to 84. Their results: those who consumed more omega-3 fats were 17 percent less likely to report the syndrome. In particular, women who ate seafood two to four times a week had a 42 percent lower risk than women who ate seafood less than twice a week.
Although this study found the lowest risk of dry eyes in women who ate tuna five or six times a week, you’re safer with salmon or other fatty fish that are lower in mercury. Switching to canola or olive oil is also helpful.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 82:887, 2005
Lower Heart Disease Risks
According to a recent study of 3,000 people in Greece, fish reduces chronic inflammation, which has been increasingly implicated in heart disease. Those who ate at least 10 ounces of fish a week averaged 33 percent lower levels of C-reactive protein and also lower cardiovascular risk by reducing blood clotting, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, and blood triglycerides.
Source: UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, Dec. 2005