Cataract Risk: Role of Vitamins & Antioxidants

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Cataract Risk: Role of Vitamins & Antioxidants

Your risk of developing cataracts may actually be impacted by vitamin and antioxidant consumption. It may be possible that there is an association between your risk of cataracts and your dietary intake of certain vitamins and antioxidants according to researchers reporting their results in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Generally, studies have been inconsistent regarding the association between blood antioxidants or vitamins and risk of age-related cataract. By performing a meta analysis of 13 different studies researchers found the  lower the  level of vitamin E, α-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, the  greater the  risk of age-related cataract in Asian populations but not in Western populations, whereas β-Carotene, lycopene, and β-cryptoxanthin  had no significant association with risk of cataract. While these results look somewhat interesting, the question remains whether increasing intake through dietary supplements actually have any role in decreasing the risk of cataract formation.

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