New Evidence That Dietary Lutein May Fight Cataracts

September 16, 2010

At least 20 million people in the United States have cataracts, clouding that develops in the eye...s lens. In the June issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, researchers suggest that eating foods rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals may help postpone the development of nuclear cataracts, which forms in the center of the eye...s lens.

At least 20 million people in the United States have cataracts, clouding that develops in the eye...s lens. In the June issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, researchers suggest that eating foods rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals may help postpone the development of nuclear cataracts, which forms in the center of the eye...s lens.

The study considered foods'”but not dietary supplements'”rich in vitamins and minerals such as lutein, present in foods such as dark, leafy greens. More than 1800 women ages 50 to 79 years participating in the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study were followed.

Participant diets were evaluated using food frequency questionnaires and the 1995 Healthy Eating Index, which reflects the 1990 U.S. dietary guidelines. The occurrence of cataracts was tracked from May, 1, 2001, to January 31, 2004.

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