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Nutrition and Cataracts

September 27, 2016

 

Cataracts are a leading cause of visual impairment among aging individuals. Cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures. Studies showed that the progression of cataracts might be delayed by changing certain behaviors such as: 

 

1. Not smoking

2. Reducing sunlight exposure

3. Controlling other diseases such as diabetes or hypertension

4. Eating a Healthy Diet

 

Several research studies show that certain foods specially foods high in Vitamin C and Vitamin E may protect against the development of cataracts. There are also studies suggesting that the carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin may also help protect against cataracts. 

 

Most fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin E is found mostly in healthy vegetables oils and nuts. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found together in many food sources, yet the primary source is dark green leafy vegetables. 

 

Eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day and eating at least two servings of nuts and seeds daily could help you prevent cataracts in the future. 

 

If you are having problems with your fruits and vegetables, try the following juice to help you consume some of your daily intake that way. 

 

 

 

 

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