Fish oil "may have additional vision benefits"

Fish oil "may have additional vision benefits"

There may be additional benefits to consuming omega-3 fish oil than many people believe, according to a new study.

Research carried out by specialists at the Children"s Hospital Boston has identified that fish oil may have a direct impact on the growth of blood vessels by selectively promoting the growth of new vessels and inhibiting abnormal ones.

Children"s ophthalmologist Dr Lois Smith, senior investigator on the project, said that the results of the study may have wide-reaching benefits for people suffering from serious conditions linked to the bloodstream.

"This is important for people with diabetes, who often take aspirin to prevent heart disease, and also for elderly people with age-related macular degeneration who have a propensity for heart disease," she explained.

Meanwhile, Paul Sieving, director of the National Eye Institute, recently said that a study carried out at the University of Kentucky into the cause of geographic atrophy could potentially help to save the sight of thousands of people.

by Adrian Galbreth

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