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Written By: Dr. Barry Sears, Ph. D | Creator of the Zone Diet

Written by Dr. Barry Sears
on April 10, 2017

Americans are aging. So what is their greatest concern? Surprisingly, it is not loss of memory, cancer, heart disease, amputation, loss of speech or hearing. According to a study from Johns Hopkins,1 it is the loss of vision. The reason being that losing sight has the greatest negative impact on daily lives leading to loss of independence.

However, more than half of the respondents didn’t know anything about macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness after age 50.

Types of Macular Degeneration

There are two types of macular degeneration: wet and dry. Only 10% of the population has wet macular degeneration. At least the wet form of macular degeneration can sometimes be controlled (but not improved) by monthly injections of a monoclonal antibody into the eye at a cost of around $4,000 per injection. However, 90% of macular degeneration falls into the dry category for which there is no known drug treatment. This means once you get dry macular degeneration, you will eventually go blind—unless you take action.

How to Treat Dry Macular Degeneration

Although there is no known drug to treat dry macular degeneration, there is a nutritional intervention that has been shown to dramatically improve the condition and restore much of the loss of vision. This intervention is high-dose fish oil.2,3 Within six months of taking 5–8 grams of EPA and DHA per day, vision is dramatically enhanced if the ratio of AA/EPA is reduced to less than 2. Since the average AA/EPA ratio in Americans is 18, you can assume that macular degeneration is nowhere under control in the United States. But ophthalmologists say fish oil doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t— unless you're taking a therapeutic dose of fish oil. This was recently pointed out by one of the leading ophthalmology researchers in the world.4

Lowering the AA/EPA ratio has such a profound impact in dry macular degeneration because it is an inflammatory disease. Once you reduce inflammation in the eye (specifically in the retina), the problem begins to resolve.

So, if you are aging and concerned by potential loss of vision, you can start your own vision recovery program today. Just make sure the fish oil is incredibly pure. OmegaRx 2 is the only product that meets that criteria, as its standards for upper limits of toxins such as PCBs are 10 times more rigid than a prescription fish oil product, and 18 times more rigid than a typical fish oil in a health food store or a supermarket.

How Much Fish Oil Do You Need?

Take enough OmegaRx 2 so that your AA/EPA ratio, measured by the Cellular Inflammation Test, is reduced to about 2. Of course, the day you stop taking OmegaRx 2, inflammation in the retina will begin to rise again. So, what are the long-term side effects of taking OmegaRx 2 for a lifetime? You will be happier and smarter. I only wish more drugs would have side effects like those.

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  1. Scott A et al. “Public attitudes about eye and vision health.” JAMA Ophthalmol 134: 1111-1118 (2016).
  2. Georgiou T et al. “Pilot study for treating dry age-related macular degeneration with high-dose omega-3 fatty acids. PharmaNutrition 2:8-11 (2014).
  3. Georgiou T and Prokopiou E. “The new era of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation: therapeutic effects of dry age-related macular degeneration.” J Stem Cell 10: 205-215 (2015).
  4. Souied EH et al. “Omega-3 fatty acids and age-related macular degeneration.” Ophthalmic Res. 55:62-69 (2015).

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