Cataracts

What are Cataracts?
A degenerative disorder of the eye characterized by cloudiness and darkened vision, cataracts usually show up as we get older. Certain conditions increase the chance of cataracts, including diabetes, trauma to the eyes, and hereditary defects. Cataracts form due to mineral imbalance within the lens of the eye, usually a result of free radical damage.

How can I treat Cataracts?
In the West, the common cure for cataracts is to have surgery, but this should only be undertaken if you already have severe cataracts that impair your vision. Otherwise, you can use natural methods to keep cataracts at bay.

Because cataracts often form as a result of free radical damage, it’s crucial that your diet contains plenty of antioxidants. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and be sure you get all colors of them every day. Go for foods rich in vitamin E (spinach), vitamin C (lemons), and beta-carotene (carrots). In addition, research points to a molecule called pantethine, which is present in all cells of the body, as playing a major role in preventing the clumping of proteins in the eye. Pantethine is actually the active form of pantothenic acid, one of the B-complex vitamins. Other vitamins in the B family include inositol, which has also shown protective value against the onset of cataracts. In studies, high doses of vitamins E and C worked to prevent cataracts, even in high-risk groups. Daily supplements of B vitamins including 800 mg of pantothenic acid, as well as E, C, beta-carotene, and selenium give you a basic defense against cataracts.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Cataracts?
UV rays and nicotine both increase the risk of cataracts. Wear sunglasses and quit smoking cigarettes.

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