Eat Fish Oil & Go Blind?

 

 

 

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

 

Most ophthalmologists know about the dangers of blue light, and they know it can’t damage the eye without lipofuscin.

Almost all ophthalmologists know lipofuscin formation depends on polyunsaturated fatty acids — omega-3 oils (DHA, EPA, ALA, etc.).

No lipofuscin, no age spots — including the ones in the eye.

No omega-3 oils, no lipofuscin.

Can I just take enough fish oil till I need glasses?

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Robert J. Cionni (“Intraocular Lenses to Restore and Preserve Vision Following Cataract Surgery,” Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 2006) wrote …

“It is well known that lipofuscin accumulates in the RPE [retinal pigment epithelium] cells as we age. One component of lipofuscin is a compound known as A2E and it is this compound that is believed to be the culprit in RPE cell death. A2E has an excitation maximum in the blue wavelength region (441 nm) and when excited by blue light, A2E generates oxygen free radicals, which can lead to RPE cell damage and death. At Columbia University, Sparrow and colleagues exposed cultured human RPE cells laden with A2E to blue light and observed extensive cell death. They then placed different UV blocking IOLs [intraocular cataract lenses] or a UV blocking and blue light filtering IOL in the path of the blue light to see if any of the IOLs provided a protective effect. The results of this study demonstrated that cell death was extensive with all UV blocking colorless IOLs, but significantly diminished with the UV and blue light filtering.”

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Peter Whoriskey (“Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises,” The Washington Post, Jul. 8, 2015) wrote …

“People in the United States spend about $1.2 billion annually for fish oil pills and related supplements even though the vast majority of research published recently in major journals provides no evidence of a health benefit.”

Fish oil provides no health benefit, and it’s a health menace.
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