A new study appearing in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of cataracts by about 40% in older individuals. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness among the elderly.
For the study, 1,689 participants between the ages of 61 and 80 were followed for a period of four years. There was a 42% lower risk of being diagnosed with cataracts among those whose lutein levels were among the top one-third of participants, and a 41% lower risk for those whose zeaxanthin levels were among the top third, as compared to subjects whose blood levels were in the lowest third.
Studies have repeatedly shown that these two powerful antioxidants are beneficial for eye health. Most of the research in the past has been directed toward lutein and zeaxanthin’s role against age-related macular degeneration, but this analysis shows that they are equally effective against cataract formation.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found together in many foods. Dark green leafy vegetables are the primary source of these antioxidants, but they are also present in other colorful fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli, peppers, carrots, oranges corn and peas.
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