Natural tips for avoiding cataracts

October 12, 2007

It is estimated that 80% of people in the UK over the age of 75 have some form of cataract, and more worryingly some doctors believe that it could soon be 100%. Cataracts occur when the proteins inside the lens of the eye come under attack from sugar molecules which attach themselves to the proteins, causing them to clump together and become distorted so that incoming light has trouble reaching the eye and it can seem as if you are seeing everything through a waterfall effect. The lens clouds over and loses its elasticity and transparency. A preventive health tip?

Reduce your sugar intake as it can seriously compromise your eyesight. Carbohydrates are a natural home for many sugars so avoid refined carbohydrates, white rice and white bread, you could also lose weight too! Having a high-protein diet will also help as it plays an important part in protecting and repairing eye tissues and particularly good sources are tuna, mackerel, halibut and sardines. Also ensure your diet has enough of the nutrients that protect your body from the effects of free radicals as these can also affect your eyes.Include plenty of vegetables, garlic, nuts and berries too.


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