Vitamin C to put off cataract

by Medindia Content Team on  March 1, 2002 at 6:04 PM General Health News
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Vitamin C to put off cataract
Cataracts is a disorder of the eye where cells in the lens of the eye become cloudy. It mostly affects people over 60 years of age.A new study states that eating a diet rich in Vitamin C could ward off cataarcts.

Researchers from the department of Clinical Nutrition looked at nearly 400 people aged between 53 and 73.They gave detailed information about their diet, and any vitamin supplements they were taking. Overall, 35% had "cortical opacities", a common form of cataracts involving a particular type of lens cell.

The researchers also revealed that the use of vitamin C supplements for at least 10 years was associated with a 60% reduction in the risk of cataracts, compared to women who took no supplements. A UK expert, Dr Chris Bates, from the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Centre at Cambridge University, said that the study added to the significance. of evidence that vitamin C was important to eye health.


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