Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Eye Health



Writing in the May 19, 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, US National Institute of Health Director Dr Emily Chew (MD) summarised her review of scientific literature by concluding that for age-related eye disease (age-related macular degeneration (AMD), taking an omega-3 supplement may prevent the disease or low its rate of progression (1).

Another high-level study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology reported that regular consumption of an omega-3 rich diet ma reduce the risk of vision loss due to AMD by 45%. The evidence, drawn from more than 38,000 women, caused the leader of the combined research team from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, Dr William Christen to state that the results of this study “…appear to be the strongest evidence to date to support the role of omega-3 long chain fatty acids in prevention of AMD, and perhaps the reduction in the number of people who ultimately have advanced AMD.” (2)

As reported by the United States Department of Agriculture “About 16 million people in the United States over age 45 report some vision loss. This group may find hope in the growing body of evidence that diet can influence eye health.

As evidence for her recommendation in The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr Chew cited an article from the 9 February 2011 edition of Science Translational Medicine (3). Co-authored by GNLD SAB Member Dr Arianna Carughi, this article referenced evidence that was drawn in part from GNLD’s human clinical trial on Omega-3 Salmon Oil Plus. The powerful, health-promoting benefits of this unique and exclusive 8-member omega-3 fatty acid supplement continues to build, drawing increasing attention from leading edge researchers and the health conscious consumer intent on providing their body only the best. The high level of the journal involved is further testament to the leading edge science behind GNLD products.


1. Chew EY, Fatty acids and retinopathy. New England Journal of Medicine, 2011; 364:1970.

2. Christen WG, et al. Dietary n-3 fatty acids and fish intake and incident Age-related Macular Degeneration in women. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2011; 129(7): 921-929. doi:10/1001/archopaphthmol.2011.34

3. Saphieha P, et al. 5-lipoxygenase metabolite 4-HDHA is a mediator of the anitangiogenic effect of w-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Science Translational Medicine. 2011; 3(69) doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3001571



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2 responses to “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Eye Health

  1. I suggest a follow for @ariannacarughi


  2. Omega 3’s are truly the one thing I tell people to take if they just want to take 1 supplement. So worth it!


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