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Can a healthy diet prevent cataracts?

Cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in the eye, which sits behind the iris (coloured part of the eye). It is typically an age-related change, and with most people it progresses slowly over many years.

The start of a significant cataract can lead to a variety of symptoms, including blurred/misty vision and sensitivity to certain lighting.

There are lots of ways to look after our eyes, amongst several ‘lifestyle changes’, a healthy diet made up of antioxidants and certain vitamins may help delay the start of a cataract and limit its progression.

healthy diet

Avoiding foods high in carbohydrates and also carbohydrates:

  • Soft drinks
  • Snacks filled with sugar also help in limiting the change

Studies show that the natural reduction in the body of antioxidants, that would usually fight free radicals (waste), leads to a build-up of waste and ultimately wear and tear of the natural lens.

Antioxidant vitamins found in fruits and vegetables containing Vitamins A/C/E, Leutin and Zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of cataracts.

Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish have also been linked to decreasing the risk of cataracts.

Dark green leafy vegetables and colourful fruit are rich with anti-oxidants, including them in a healthy diet is recommended, however if you’re diet lacks enough of the key elements, taking daily multivitamin supplements containing the key nutrients may help.

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