How effective is vitamin C in reducing my risk of cataracts?

A study touting the eye health benefits of vitamin C examined the diets of more than 1,000 pairs of 60-year-old British female twins. The researchers found that those who consumed high amounts of vitamin C in their diet had a one-third lower risk of cataracts over 10 years. Getting vitamin C through supplements did not appear to reduce the risk.

Based on the study’s findings, it is believed that a person’s genetics play a small role in their risk for cataracts, while diet and other environmental factors make up the rest.  As we get older, we don’t have enough vitamin C to sustain our natural eye structures. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is needed for eye health. Most cataracts are related to aging. Vitamin C in high doses is also prescribed for people with corneal scarring and other eye conditions.

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