February is AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Awareness Month AND American Heart Month. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a salmon dinner!
Research suggests that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is associated with lower risk of developing AMD.* Such fish include salmon, tuna, sardines, halibut and trout. I advise my patients to eat more fish rather than taking supplements.
The American Heart Association also recommends eating more seafood. In 2018 they published a scientific advisory which specifically recommended 1 to 2 seafood meals per week. Evidence shows that this reduces the risk of congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and sudden cardiac death, especially when seafood replaces the intake of less healthy foods. Their recommendations include both fish and shellfish. **
So what are you waiting for? Enjoy some fish today!
Do you have a favorite fish? I absolutely love salmon.
* IOVS 55(3), Feb 2014.
** Circulation. 2018;138:e35–e47.