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Acataract is a cloud­ing of the lens in the eye that af­fects vi­sion. Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have sug­gested that ox­ida­tive dam­age of the eye’s lens, caused by free rad­i­cals, may be a crit­i­cal as­pect in the de­vel­op­ment of cataract. An­tiox­i­dant com­pounds, which are thought to coun­ter­act free rad­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, are present in abun­dant amounts in foods such as or­anges, whole grains, cof­fee, and tea. Su­sanne Rau­ti­ainen, from the Karolin­ska In­sti­tutet (Swe­den), and col­leagues ex­am­ined the di­ets of 30,607 Swedish women, ages 49 to 83 years, en­rolled in the Swedish Mam­mog­ra­phy Co­hort study, who were ob­served for age-re­lated cataract in­ci­dence for a mean of 7.7 years. The team uti­lized the to­tal an­tiox­i­dant ca­pac­ity (TAC) value of var­i­ous foods, as were con­sumed by the study sub­jects. The re­searchers found that the women who ate foods rich in an­tiox­i­dants ex­pe­ri­enced a lower risk of cataracts as they age. Ref­er­ence: A Pop­u­la­tion-Based Prospec­tive Co­hort of Women.” JAMA Oph­thal­mol­ogy, 26 Dec. 2013.

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