Health Tip – Apr. 3 – New Strategy to Prevent Cataracts
Dee Dee – Health Tip
The more antioxidants in women’s diets, the lower the risk of developing cataracts as they age. This news comes from a Swedish study that looked at the diets of more than 30,000 middle aged and older women, and found those with the highest total intake of antioxidant nutrients were 13 percent less likely to develop cataracts than women whose diets were lowest in antioxidants.
Cataract development may hinge on oxidative damage to the eye’s lens by free radicals. Researchers observed more than 30,000 Swedish women age 49 or older for about 7 years for signs of developing cataracts. The women completed a dietary questionnaire, which enabled the researchers to calculate their subjects’ total antioxidant intake. They found that the women whose diets were highest in antioxidant foods were more educated and less likely to be smokers than the women whose antioxidant intake was lowest.
Antioxidants are most plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables as well as in green tea, red wine and chocolate.