Low Levels of Vitamins A and E May Increase Risk of Cataracts

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Low Levels of Vitamins A and E May Increase Risk of Cataracts

A scarcity of vitamins A and E in the body could double the likelihood of cataracts forming over the eyes, according to a Finnish study published recently in the British Medical Journal.

Highly charged substances, known as "free radicals," form in the body and can cause the growth of cataracts which cloud the lens of the eye. Vitamins A and E eradicate free radicals.

Although the presence of vitamins A and E in the body indicates better health for the eyes, further study is needed to conclusively prove that eating foods rich with these vitamins lowers the risk of getting cataracts, according to the study.

The latest findings that linked vitamins A and E to the condition of the eyes were taken from a Finnish health survey. In conducting the test, blood samples were collected from 1,419 people from 1966 to 1972.

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