Increasing Vitamin C Intake Could Help Reduce Risk of Cataracts
Cataracts, which cloud the lens of the eye, are one of the most prevalent eye conditions in the United States, affecting an estimated 29 percent of Americans. This condition develops with age and is the leading cause of later-life blindness. Doctors can perform surgery to remove cataracts, but patients are often still in need of corrective lenses and there is a risk of the cataracts redeveloping.
Researchers at King’s College London in the United Kingdom have drawn a connection between vitamin C levels and cataract development. Their study tracked the vitamin intake of 1,000 pairs of 60-year old female twins in the UK over the course of 10 years. At the conclusion of the study, published in Ophthalmology, researchers measured the eye health of the remaining 324 pairs of twins.
Of the remaining participants, those women with high vitamin C intake at the beginning of the study had a 20 percent lower risk of cataract development. The women that kept up a diet rich in vitamin C had a 33 percent lower progression of cataracts when doctors evaluated them at the 10-year mark.
Doctors believe that the antioxidant properties in vitamin C enter the fluid inside the eye and provide the lens with extra protection against oxidation that causes cataracts. While the study focused on vitamin C intake from eating vitamin-rich foods, doctors have yet to determine whether vitamin C in dietary supplement form will have the same effect.
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