Both vitamins E and C can help prevent cataracts, according to a new study published in the current issue of the Archives of Opthalmology. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin studied 3,089 people aged 43 to 86 years and found that those using multivitamins or supplements containing vitamins E or C for more than l0 years had a 60 percent lower risk for any cataract than non-users of the vitamins. Vitamins E and C are known as antioxidants. This study indicates that reduction of oxidative stress could slow development of cataracts over a five-year risk period.
These findings add to a body of evidence suggesting lower risk for cataract among users of vitamin supplements and stronger associations with long-term use.
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