Colorful veggies reduce cataract risk

A new study notes a link between a diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruits to a reduced risk in developing age-related cataracts (ARC).

Colorful fruits and vegetables including those with red, orange and yellow pigments can play a role in lowering the risk of ARC.

Cataracts are the leading cause of visual impairment in the elderly, accounting for 35% of all blindness worldwide. In the United States alone, the costs associated with cataracts exceed $5.7 billion.

Researchers from both the Xi-an Jiaotong University and the University of South Australia evaluated 20 studies from around the world to determine the impact that vitamins and carotenoids have on cataract risk. The findings overwhelmingly pointed to the benefits of eating colorful citrus fruits, carrots, tomatoes and dark green vegetables to help reduce the risk of developing age-related cataracts.

What makes colorful vegetables so beneficial are the two molecules, lutein and zeazanthin, known as carotenoids. Lutein and zeaxanthin are required in plentiful supply to properly nourish the macula and retina for both ocular health and good vision.

In macular degeneration, these two molecules are combined with Vitamins C and E, as well as zinc and copper, as show in the AREDS 2 study by the National Eye Institute to slow the progression of macular degeneration.

Lutein and zeaxanthin can be taken up to doses of 150 mg per day. That’s where VisiVite Super Lutein 444 and VisiVite NightSight are important. If you take a VisiVite AREDS 2 supplement, keep taking that, but consider adding one of these two lutein & zeaxanthin supplements to bolster your macular pigment. If you have healthy vision, either of these two supplements can be taken alone, one capsule per day. To find out more about VisiVite Super Lutein 444 and NightSight, visit https://www.visivite.com/lutein-night-vision.html

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