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Articles February 2011 Issue

Vitamins E and C Disappoint in Cataract Prevention

T he longest placebo-controlled trial to date to test whether antioxidant vitamins reduce the risk of cataracts has failed to fnd such a beneft for the supplements. “Because oxidative damage is a prominent feature of cataracts, one focus of nutrition research has been the link between dietary intake of nutrients with antioxidant potential, particularly vitamins E and C, and the risk of cataract,” explained William G. Christen, ScD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and col- leagues, writing in Archives of Ophthalmology.

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