Nutrition Good for the Eyes

Researchers at the JeanMayerUSDAHumanNutritionResearchCenter on Aging at TuftsUniversityin Bostonhave found that a diet that is high is antioxidant-rich foods (i.e. fruits and vegetables) may help to prevent cataracts. Cataracts are the results of changes in the lens of the eye creating a cloudiness that obscures sight.

Researchers looked at the diets of nearly 500 women between the ages of 53 and 73 for a period of 12 and 15 years. The women selected did not have cataracts. Women who consumed a lot of antioxidant nutrients, like vitamins C and E, riboflavin, folate, beta carotene and lutein/zeaxanthin had less cloudiness in certain lens areas than did those with lower intakes of antioxidant nutrients. Results are published in the August 2003 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

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