Published On: Mon, Mar 28th, 2016

Diet rich in Vitamin C can delay cataract

Fruit slices background (lemon, kiwi, tangerine, orange)

Fruit slices background (lemon, kiwi, tangerine, orange)

A study revealed that consuming a diet which is rich in vitamin C may sluggish the progression of cataract, a state that may direct to blindness. The research study further stated that environmental factors and diet also persuade cataract further than genetic factors.

The results illustrated that the participants who had an elevated consumption of vitamin C were connected with a 33 percent peril diminution of cataract development and had “clearer” lenses 10 years later than the research study than the participants who had eaten fewer vitamin C as portion of their diet.

Chris Hammond, a lead researcher of the study from the Kings College London, stated that “The results of this research study could have important impact, mainly for the ageing population globally, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts,”

Hammond continued as, “While we cannot avoid getting older, diabetes and smoking are also risk factors for this type of cataract, and so a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle generally should reduce the risk of needing a cataract operation,”

Cataract is a general state where the lens of the eye turns cloudy because of oxidation over time. The research study, cited in the journal Ophthalmology, appeared at the development of cataracts in the eyes of 324 duos of female twins more than 10 years by investigating photographs of the participant’s lenses that permitted them to evaluate the stage of opacity of the lens in depth.

Participant consumption of vitamin C was also evaluated employing a food questionnaire. The research study discovered that ecological factors, involving diet, persuaded cataract above genetic factors, which just clarified a third of the alteration in lens opacity. It is considered that enlarged consumption of vitamin C has a caring effect on cataract progression by raising the vitamin C accessible in the eye fluid.

Kate Yonova-Doing, author of the study stated that “The human body cannot manufacture vitamin C, so we depend on vitamins in the food we eat. We did not find a significantly reduced risk in people who took vitamin tablets, so it seems that a healthy diet is better than supplements,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.