Wednesday, December 8, 2010

No Cataract Benefit From Vitamins C and E

The search continues for some kind of prevention for the development of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens that sits just in back of your pupil. The only way to "cure" a cataract is to remove it.

We see all kinds of things in newspapers and magazines about new treatments for cataracts, or more commonly, new ways to prevent cataract formation or growth. Some of them even have some theoretic backing to them. This was the case with vitamins, specifically vitamin C and vitamin E which are anti-oxidant vitamins. One of the most common theories about cataract formation is that it is due to oxigen radical formation with age.

The "Physicians' Health Study II" is a very long-term study that has looked at many aspects of doctors' health in Boston. This particular study evaluated the possible benefit of Vitamins C and E in the prevention of cataract formation. More than 14,000 doctors are enrolled in the study. NO BENEFIT was found as far as cataracts are concerned with taking extra  Vitamin C or E.

So, it's back to the drawing board for now. Check back here for the results of Skyvision and Dr. White with the Twin Bridges cataract quality study; we think you'll be impressed!

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