Eyes-vision is a precious gift from god. Because of
vision you can see beautiful nature, so it is your
duty to protect your eye. Prevention
is always better than cure. Let us first see-
Why do you get a cataract?
The most common cause of cataract is aging &
injury, it changes the tissue that form your eye’s lenses.
It can be also congenital or due to any
other medical history like diabetes, UV radiation or medication.
Other than these it is also said that
many cataracts are caused by oxidative changes
in your eye lens. The protein in the lens of your eye
is oxidized by destructive molecules called free radicals.
Food can be your medicine. Let’s see
The food that helps you to prevent the cataracts:
Vitamin – A (beta-carotene)
A low intake of vitamin-A can increases the risk
of developing cataract. It also acts as antioxidant that
wash out free radicals formed due to oxidation.
The pure form of vitamin-A that is Retinol, is present only in
animal food sources. In vegetarian food it is present in
the form of beta- carotene. If you are vegetarian, you need
to take four times more food containing Vitamin A as
compared to a non- vegetarian.
The good natural vegetarian source of vitamin-A are:
- Carrot– you can have carrot in salads or you
can just steam or make soup out of it.
Having cooked carrot is more beneficial then taking it raw.
Cooked carrot supply more vitamin-A (bioavailable beta-carotene) than raw.
- Beetroot – similarly, cooked beetroot is more beneficial. You can
have beet root paratha or make soup out of it.
- Green leafy vegetables– It is fully loaded with
It is known as king of antioxidants. It helps
you to prevent & heal your cataract by destroying
free radicals that are formed in your body.
Good natural vegetarian sources of vitamin-C are:
- Guava– it is local fruit, easily available and cheaper then
other fruits. It is Second highest source of vitamin-C. first is amla.
It has more vitamin-C then your kiwi.
- Papaya-along with vitamin- C, it also
contains other nutrients like vit-A, fibre, enzymes etc.
- Capsicum– it is good source of vitamin-C. but, you need to take it
raw as vitamin-c is bad conductor of heat.
It helps vitamin -C to work properly
Good natural vegetarian sources of bioflavonoids are:
- Black grapes
- Strawberry &
If your eye is left untreated, you may lose your
eyesight due to cataract. Consult your ophthalmologist
at right time to avoid permanent damage to your eyes.
That’s all for today.
See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday Tip.
Till than…… Take care.
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life-
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Cosmetic Clinician