Common wisdom would tell you that the older you get, the more likely it is you will develop cataracts.
For many, it’s a forgone conclusion that after a certain age, you can just expect your lenses will cloud over and you’ll have to take part in one of the nearly 1.3 cataract million surgeries performed in America every year.
What many people don’t know is there are some very simple steps you can follow that can reduce the likelihood you ever develop cataracts.
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes so cloudy that the eye is unable to focus anymore owing to the decreased opacity of the lens.
Medical researchers have observed in clinical trials that the body’s own antioxidants, including glutathione peroxidase, catalase, and superoxide dismutase, are able to protect the eye only to a certain extent.
What they’ve been led to conclude after years of research is the body needs more than just these three antioxidants to help keep the lens clear and able to focus.
In order to prevent the fluid around the lens from clouding over, the eye needs to have several other antioxidants in abundant supply, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, alpha-lipoic-acid, and beta carotene.
When these antioxidants are present in high concentrations, then the incidence of cataracts are greatly reduced.
Several studies have shown that individuals with low levels of these antioxidants in their lens fluid are 4-5 times more likely to develop cataracts.
Another study was able to show that when these anti-oxidants were present, there was a 50% decrease in the prevalence of cataracts.
What some of this research is helping to show is the more you to do protect your eyes while you are young, the better your odds are of not developing cataracts at later stages of life.
Naturally, the body’s natural antioxidant function to help protect the eye decreases as time goes on.
But by supplementing early on (or even at a later age), these antioxidants work synergistically to help keep lenses clear.
So what can you to help reduce your chances of developing cataracts?
The first thing you can do is begin eating more nutrient-dense foods. Start eating foods that are high in these naturally occurring antioxidants. Vegetables such as dark greens, and brightly colored peppers, carrots, and other similar varieties are high in these important nutrients.
Another consideration is to begin adding these nutrients into your diet through direct supplementation.
Of the four antioxidants listed above, none are more than a few dollars for a month’s supply.
Also remember to drink plenty of water. Proper hydration is so incredibly important water helps transport nutrients to their intended destinations inside your body.