A few weeks ago, I showed you how eye drops can help slow the progression of cataracts - and, in some case, even reverse them. But when it comes to the eyes and, really, any major medical issue, I wouldn't rely on just one treatment. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to protect your eyes. And a new study says taking three particular nutrients can greatly reduce the progression of cataracts.
Researchers from Tufts and Harvard Universities in Boston reviewed data from over 400 participants in the Nurses' Health Study. The people in the study were between the ages of 52 and 74. The researchers followed their nutrient intake for a 13-15 year period prior to their initial eye examinations. They conducted follow-up examinations after five years to measure changes in the lens.
With cataracts, the lens becomes more opaque over time. The more opaque the lens becomes, the worse your eyesight. This study showed that taking vitamin E for five years will slow down how fast the lens becomes opaque. And women who take higher doses of thiamin and riboflavin also saw the progression slowed. Niacin appears to be protective as well, but not as much as the other B vitamins.
These findings confirm earlier studies that show an association between vitamin E intake and a lower risk of cataracts. The authors of this new study estimate that the long-term use of vitamin E supplements could delay the progression of cataracts by five months per year. Over a period of several years, this would be a significant slowing of the disorder.
If you start using these nutrients before cataracts even start, you might be able to prevent them in the first place. I recommend taking 400-800 IU of vitamin E, 50-100 mg of thiamin, and 50-100 mg of riboflavin daily. A good quality multivitamin, such as Healthy Resolve, will provide these amounts.
But don't stop with a multivitamin. There are other nutrients vital to good eye health. These include the nutrients found in Advanced Vision Formula. You can read all about them by following this link.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Archives of Ophthalmology, April 2005.