It might start with just a little cloudiness in your vision, like what you get when you first wake up in the morning.
The next thing you know, you’re struggling to read the newspaper or drive a car – and even stronger glasses aren’t helping.
The clouding of the lens of your eye is a condition known as cataracts – and despite the fact that they can be removed surgically, they’re still the leading cause of blindness in the world.
But new research shows that you may be able to keep your eyes permanently free from cataracts just by loading up on one key nutrient: vitamin C.
In a study recently published in the journal Ophthalmology, elderly women who ate foods that contained high amounts of vitamin C over the course of 10 years were able to reduce their risk of developing cataracts by more than 30 per cent.
We all know that vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants around, an anti-inflammatory, and a great immune-system booster.
But when you have enough vitamin C in your eye fluid, researchers say, it can actually block the oxidation that can cause the clouding of the eye lens.
For the longest time, patients have been told that genetics plays a huge role in whether you get cataracts.
But this study found that diet and lifestyle actually account for nearly two-thirds of cataract cases. And that means that whether you get cataracts – or how soon you get them – is largely under your control.
And, fortunately, it’s very easy to add more vitamin C to your diet. Eating a wide variety of fruits and veggies like bell peppers, dark and leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, peas, papayas, citrus fruits, and apples won’t bore your palate and will keep the eye doctor away.
Finally, since cataracts are often caused by diabetes, keeping your blood sugar in check with a healthy diet will give you an extra line of defence.
Now, if your doctor has you on statins, you should know that the risk of cataracts has been linked to these cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Talk to your doctor about getting off of them – in my experience, most people taking statins don’t need to be.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Healthy Amount of Vitamin C Might Keep Cataracts at Bay, nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157952.html