Friday, October 31, 2014

Vitamins & Antioxidants Decrease Cataracts?

Vitamins and antioxidants may help decrease your risk of cataract as researchers have found that it may be possible that there is an association between your risk of cataracts and your intake and levels of of certain vitamins and antioxidants.

Researchers reporting their results in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition attempted to clarify some of the inconsistent reports regarding the association between blood antioxidants or vitamins and risk of age-related cataract by performing a Meta analysis of 13 different studies.
They 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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