New Study Suggests Fatty Acids Could Keep Vision Loss At Bay

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 8, 2012

As seniors age, many notice that various body parts do not work as well as they used to. Whether it's hearing or balance, seniors could notice a change in mobility, hearing and vision.

However, there are certain things older adults can do to make sure they continue to live the highest quality of life possible. New research out of the University of Alberta suggests fatty acid found in fish, known as DHA, could help protect the eyes from age-related vision loss.

"In normal aging, this toxin increases two-fold as we age," said lead researcher Yves Sauve. "But in lab tests, there was no increase in this toxin whatsoever. This has never been demonstrated before - that supplementing the diet with DHA could make this kind of difference."

Seniors may want to consider incorporating more fatty acids into their diet, and luckily it's not hard. There are a number of fish that contain DHA, such as salmon and herring. We found a great salmon recipe from Gourmet Magazine that not only features the benefits of salmon's fatty acids, but also vitamin C and fiber that can be found in red onions.

Salmon in Agrodolce Sauce
Gourmet Magazine
Serves 4

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (1 inch thick) with skin
2 medium red onions (about 1 pound total), each cut into 8 wedges
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Pat salmon dry and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, then cook, skin side up, until undersides form a golden crust, 12 to 15 minutes. Turn fish over and cook until just cooked through, about 3 minutes more.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then sauté onions until golden brown and crisp-tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until sauce is syrupy, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter.

Spoon onions with sauce onto plates and top with salmon, skin side down.