Diet for Age Related Macular Degeneration – Eat More Fish!

September 27, 2021

Research has shown that there is an AMD diet, which is the most common cause of blindness among older Americans. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a study in the July 12, 2010 Journal of Ophthalmology. They analyzed data from 2,520 people aged 65-84 who underwent eye exams and filled out detailed diet questionnaires. 15% of participants in the study were diagnosed with early- or intermediate stage AMD. Less than 3% were in advanced stages. AMD is the leading cause for blindness among seniors.

Researchers couldn’t establish a direct link between fish consumption, AMD risk and AMD. They did however find a link between diet and advanced AMD risk. Subjects with advanced AMD were less likely to eat fish/shellfish rich in omega-3 fatty acid. Participants who reported eating fatty fish daily were 60% less likely to develop advanced AMD than those who ate less than one serving per week.

Cold-water fish such as mackerel and mackerel are rich in omega-3. You can also find good levels of omega-3 fish like halibut and pollock, shrimps, trout, tuna, and canned tuna fish. Unfortunately, omega-3 levels are very low in catfish and tilapia, which are two common seafood items. Consider taking supplements of omega-3 fatty acid in supplement form if you don’t consume seafood at least twice a week.


Consuming dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens is another important part of a diet to prevent age-related macular damage. MIND Diet (Mediterranean Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay), recommends that we eat a green leafy salad every day. Variegate the ingredients in your green salad and add different leafy leaves and herbs to it. This MIND Diet Recap highlights the 10 brain-healthy food options you can include in your diet and the 5 unhealthy foods that you should limit to ensure brain health.



The Effect of Fish and Shellfish Consumption On Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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