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Vitamin C As A Supplement Against Eye Cataract

Updated on April 30, 2008
 

Vitamin C As A Supplement Against Eye Cataract

In my previous hubs, I mentioned Vitamin C as a supplement effective in treating arthritis, lowering blood pressure, combatting Alzheimer's disease and brain decline. In this hub, I present details regarding the effectivity of Vitamin C in preventing occurrence of eye cataracts.

Vitamin C plays an important role in preventing eye diseases. Since its discovery in the 1930s by a Romanian researcher named Albert Svent-Gorgi, Vitamin C has been known to prevent eye ailments.

Researchers at the Human Nutrition Resarch Center On Aging at Tufts University determined in a recent review that adults with the highest circulation levels of Vitamin C experience nearly a 70 percent decline in their risk for a certain type of cataract. In another study, it was demonstrated that a 77 to 83 percent reduction in the risk for cataracts when Vitamin C consumption exceeds 300 milligrams per day Yet still another study reveals that women taking 362 mg or more of Vitamin C supplements experienced a 57 percent reduction in their risk for certain types of cataracts. Thus a daily intake of 300 mg Vitamin C seemingly is the minimum point at which. Cataract prevention occur.

Cataract prevention has only been observd among those who took a Vitamin C supplement for ten ears or more, probably due to the slow progression of most cataracts. The positive effect cannot be observed until a decade or more of aging has passed.

In a research study conducted by researcher Allen Talor with the United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center On Aging at Tufts University in Boston reveals that supplemental Vitamin C significantly decrease the risk of both cataracts and macular degeneration. 300 women participated in this study which covers a six-year period. 136 consumed a mean of mg of Vitamin C daily from foods and supplements wile 164 women consumed a mean of 294 mg. of Vitamin C per day.

The risk for all forms of cataracts was reduced by 12 to 2 percent in these groups and the risk for macular degeneration was reduced by 52 percent among those who consumed nearly 300 mg of vitamin C daily.

It has been estimated that a delay of ten years in the onset of a cloudy cataract could cut the need for cataract surgery in half. Since more than a million cataract operation are performed in the United States annually , the widespread use of Viamin C supplements in amount over 300 mg could eventually elliminate the need for cataract surgery in million of adults.

SOURCE :

USER'S GUIDE TO EYE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS

Written By BILL SARDI

Published By : BASIC HEALTH PUBLICATIONS

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      Johan Sebastian 9 years ago

      Learn the true healing power of chocolate. Chocolate covered cherries are particularly beneficial because of their high theobromine content. Milk chocolate and chocolate milk are exceptional energy drinks.

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