Could spinach stop cataracts? Eating foods rich in vitamin E could cut chances of developing the eye disorder by a quarter
By JENNY HOPE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
Expert analysis found high levels of vitamin E protected against cataracts
Food such as spinach, broccoli, seeds, nuts and oil are rich in the vitamin
It lessened chances of age-related cataract by up to 27%, experts claim
Cataracts make it difficult to see as they cloud all or part of the lens
Eating more vitamin E-rich foods such as spinach, broccoli and seeds could cut the risk of developing cataracts by a quarter, says new research.
Expert analysis of studies involving almost a quarter of a million people found high blood levels of the vitamin protected against the eye disorder.
The expert review found getting more vitamin E from diet and supplements lessened the chances of age-related cataract by up to 27 per cent.
Cataracts, which often develop in old age, make it difficult to see as they cloud all or part of the lens.
Surgery is necessary to prevent blindness and around 400,000 operations are carried out each year.
The Chinese research team from Qingdao University Medical College, whose conclusions were based on 27 studies, published the review in the journal Public Health Nutrition (must credit).
Research leader Dr Yufei Zhang said ‘The findings of our study have important clinical and health implications with respect to age-related cataract (ARC) prevention.
‘A statistically significant decreased risk of developing ARC was shown with increasing dietary vitamin E intake from 7mg a day.’
In the UK, average vitamin E intakes are 10mg per day rising to 14mg per day in ‘health conscious’ Brits.
The recommended intake is 12mg per day so many Britons are failing to meet the target from key food sources including spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds, shellfish, plant oils and avocadoes