Healthy Vision and Alaska Seafood
One of the many benefits of consuming wild Alaska seafood is how this nutrient-rich food contributes to vision and eye health.
During fetal development and the first few weeks of life the eye becomes enriched with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, abundant in Alaska seafood. As an adult, eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids continues to benefit vision.
Prevention of Eye Disease
DHA is found in very concentrated quantities in the retina, the part of the eye that is responsible for visual recognition. If a person does not consume adequate amounts of this fatty acid, they are more susceptible to diseases that impact the retina. These include macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, retinal vein or retinal artery occlusions, and diabetic retinopathy.
It is important to note that the optimal intake of DHA will not reverse retinal damage, so it is vital to consume adequate amounts of DHA as a preventative strategy for good eye health. Wild Alaska seafood also contains other key nutrients shown to slow macular degeneration, including zinc and vitamin A.
Relief from Pressure and Dryness
In people who have diets low in essential fatty acids, other eye ailments can occur. These include improper drainage of intraocular fluid, resulting in increased eye pressure and glaucoma. Last, studies have proven that increases in omega-3 fatty acids help relieve dry eye syndrome, an increasingly common issue where the eye does not lubricate correctly.