Cataract Prevention: still mostly up to genetics, sun protection; Best foods for natural Selenium

Even though this study did not show a positive correlation, still a good diet in antioxidants and green leafy vegetables is good for the whole body in general. 

Foods high in Selenium

  • Brazil Nuts. Without a doubt, Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of selenium! …
  • Shiitake/White Button Mushroom. …
  • Lima/Pinto Beans. …
  • Chia Seeds. …
  • Brown Rice. …
  • Seeds (Sunflower, Sesame, and Flax) …
  • Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach.

New York Times report today

Vitamin E, Selenium Fail to Prevent Cataracts


Many health supplement companies, and some medical experts, have recommended vitamin E and selenium for reducing the risk for cataracts. But a large new study has found they are unlikely to provide benefit, though selenium might have a small effect.
Researchers randomly assigned 11,267 men over 50 to four groups of about 2,800 each. Members of one group took a daily placebo, those in the second took 400 IU of vitamin E daily, those in a third took 200 micrograms of selenium a day, and those in the fourth group took both vitamin E and selenium.
The five-year study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, found 389 confirmed cataracts: 98 in those who took vitamin E, 99 in those who took both supplements, 86 in those who took only selenium, and 106 in the placebo group. None of the differences was statistically significant, though selenium showed a trend that suggests it might have a slight benefit; additional research would be needed.
“The results are consistent with earlier trials of vitamin E,” said the lead author, William G. Christen, an associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “They show that for cataracts, the effect is nothing.”
But, he added, “These are the first data on selenium alone, and we can’t rule out a small but still important effect.”
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