Slow cataracts with this safe and simple vitamin

There’s nothing I enjoy more than being out on front with the latest in cutting-edge research in natural medicine. But while new breakthroughs are certainly exciting, let’s not forget the tried-and-true.

There’s a reason we call them the “basics,” and that’s because they’re proven beyond all doubt that they’re an essential part of your daily support – and there’s not much out there that’s more basic or more essential than vitamin C.

It can boost the immune system and fight everything from cancer to the common cold.

And if you’re a little older, new research spots one absolutely critical reason to make sure you get enough C: It can protect your eyes from one of the leading causes of vision loss in seniors.

If you’re up there in years, you no doubt have a few friends with cataracts. Some may have had surgery… others are trying to put it off as long as possible.

You might even have the makings of one yourself, watching as the blur starts to creep into your vision.

Let it go too far, and eventually it’ll become impossible to do the important stuff that helps you keep your independence, like drive and cook.

If you need the surgery, of course, you should get it. But no one likes to go under the knife, especially for an eye procedure where you’re expected to be awake – and with those same eyes wide open – during the surgery.

That’s where vitamin C comes in, because the new study finds higher levels of this essential antioxidant can slow the progression of your cataracts by 33 percent, keeping your lens clear and vision sharp.

That, in turn, can help you delay the need for surgery or even avoid it altogether.

And that’s not all vitamin C can do for your eyes, either.

While this study finds the nutrient can slow the progression, at least two others have found that higher levels of the vitamin can help make sure you never even get those cataracts in the first place.

The new study finds the benefit goes to folks who get their C from food rather than vitamins; so if you want the biggest boost, make sure you eat plenty of the fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels.

The single best source isn’t an orange – or orange juice – but the tropical papaya. If papayas aren’t your thing, you can also find plenty of C in a diverse range of fresh produce including bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and strawberries.

For more on cataracts, including how to slow them, stop them and even prevent them from striking in the first place, pick up a copy of my best-selling book, Prescription for Natural Cures.

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