What Are the Best Foods One Can Take to Prevent Cataracts?

What Are the Best Foods One Can Take to Prevent Cataracts?

One of the prime reasons for the development of cataracts is oxidation or free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable chemicals that can cause damage to the cell membranes and thus cell weakness and cell death. The proteins and enzymes in the lens of the eye can be damaged by oxidation leading to cataract formation.

Anti-oxidants can neutralize oxidant-induced damage and prevent damage and degenerative changes. Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and selenium are some of the most prominent antioxidants. Many foods can help in preventing this oxidant-induced damage and help in the prevention of cataracts.


Rich in lutein which is a carotenoid. Along with zeaxanthin, this can contribute to the absorption of harmful ultraviolet light found in sun rays. As it is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is best to pair your food source of beta carotene with fat like nuts or oil to aid in absorption.

Rich in astaxanthin which is an important antioxidant and docosahexaenoic acid which is a major omega-3 fatty acid.

Rich in lutein and zeaxanthin both abundant in egg yolk which protects from the sun’s rays. Also contains omega-3 fatty acids.

Contains lutein and zeaxanthin and sulforaphane which are effective anti-oxidants.

Very effective means for eye protection contains beta carotene, lutein, and vitamins C, E, and B6, which help in preventing cataracts.

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants.

The dark purple hue of the fruit is due to anthocyanins which fight inflammation and keep arteries and vessels from narrowing. Useful for age-related macular degeneration.

Orange juice
Vitamin C present in orange juice reduces the risk of cataract formation

Green tea
Has antioxidants that protect from cataract formation

In conclusion, dark green and colored vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. They also contain folic acid and calcium — important nutrients which also may help reduce the risk of cataracts and should be included in a healthy diet.

It is important to avoid fried foods, processed foods, and sugary snacks, and soft drinks — all of which appear to be associated with an increased risk of cataracts.

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