Carnosine May Help Prevent and Reverse Cataracts

Thursday, July 23, 2009
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Cataracts occur when the structural proteins of the lens of your eyes begin to form tangles.  This occurs over time from some form of stress, such as exposure to sunlight (along with not enough antioxidants to keep up with the free radical damage).  A new study with animal lenses shows that carnosine1 not only reduces the formation of these cataract-forming tangles, it can actually clear them up!

Granted, this is an animal study.  It is unknown what oral dose of carnosine would be required for this result in humans or if this result occurs in humans from taking any oral dose.  However, there are many reasons to take carnosine ranging from stress management to general anti-aging.  It is quite clear that taking oral carnosine will readily move around your body and even into your brain – so it is logical to assume that taking it orally and having it in your circulation is certainly going to reach your eyes.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Carnosine and Cataracts  Biochemistry,  Francesco Attanasio‡, Sebastiano Cataldo§, Salvatore Fisichella, Silvia Nicoletti, Vincenzo Giuseppe Nicoletti, Bruno Pignataro§, Anna Savarino and Enrico Rizzarelli.

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