Vitamins E and C "have no effect on cataracts"

Vitamins E and C "have no effect on cataracts"

A new study has revealed that consumption of vitamins A and C has little or no effect on the risk of age-related cataracts in men.

According to a report in a recent issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, there has been a long-held belief that there is a link between dietary intake of nutrients with antioxidant potential, particularly vitamins E and C, and the risk of cataracts.

However, an investigation by researchers at Brigham and Women"s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, found that vitamin E had "no significant effects" on the treatment on nuclear, cortical or posterior subcapsular cataract.

In addition, the effect of vitamin C on cataract and extraction "did not differ appreciably", other than a non-significant trend toward increased risk in those with a reported history of cardiovascular disease.

In other research, experts at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis have identified a gene which is linked to melanoma of the eye, a particularly deadly form of cancer.

by Emily Tait

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