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Carotenoids Found to Protect against Cataracts

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Posted on Oct 02, 2002, 6 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Eating a diet that contains plenty of carotenoids may help to ward off cataracts. Researchers at Southampton General Hospital in the UK found that people whose blood contained high levels of alpha-carotenes, beta-carotene, or lycopene were significantly less likely to develop cataracts than people with lower blood-levels of the chemicals.

Eating a diet that contains plenty of carotenoids may help to ward off cataracts. Researchers at Southampton General Hospital in the UK found that people whose blood contained high levels of alpha-carotenes, beta-carotene, or lycopene were significantly less likely to develop cataracts than people with lower blood-levels of the chemicals. Conversely, the antioxidant vitamins C and E did not appear to protect against cataracts. Several large-scale clinical trials to determine whether vitamin E, vitamin C, or beta-carotene supplementation can prevent the development of age-related cataracts are currently underway. However, the results of this study suggest that carotenoid supplementation is more likely to prevent the development or progression of cataracts.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Ophthalmology 2001; 108:1992-1998

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