Free Radical Damage In Your Body? Check Out This Quick Test.

December 22, 2011 | Cataract Healing, Cataract Treatment

In a recent post I discussed that even though cataracts seem like a natural result of aging, they result NOT from age itself, but from other factors

One of these factors is the free radical damage that can effect the eyes if left unchecked.

For example, the loss of resilience, flexibility and elasticity of the lens is caused, in part, by free radical damage (also known as cross linkage).

Here is a simple test to give you a general idea of the free radical damage in your body:

Lay one hand out on the table in front of you.

With the other gently pick up a pinch of skin on the back of your hand and then release it quickly.

In a person who has a lot of cross linkage, this skin will come down very slowly. In a person who is younger or who has less free radical damage, this skin, like a rubber band, will snap back quickly into its normal shape.

The slower it takes the skin to come back to its normal shape is a sign of and due to free radical damage in the body.

For example, the wrinkles on the face are due to free radical damage causing cross linkage so that the molecules are not quite as supple. When this occurs in the eye, of course, we lose our ability to focus. Interestingly, though, cross linkage can be reversed over a period of time.

As one example, according to a study in Australia (Archives of Ophthalmology), persons who take vitamin E and vitamin C have an approximately 86% reduced risk in developing a cataract.

Both vitamins E and C are known anti-oxidants that fight against free radical damage in the eyes and in other parts of the body as well.

But vitamin E and vitamin C don’t comprise the whole picture, either in the neutralization of free radicals or in the total health of the eyes.

Keep watching this site because other posts will address not only the other vitamin deficiencies that play a part in the formation of cataracts, but we’ll also bring to you more about natural ways to fight cataracts and avoid cataract surgery.

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Comments (3)


  1. This is a good article and may help many people that do not have cataracts yet. I already have them, so it’s a bit late.

  2. jbyasger says:

    I just had surgery on one eye and there is some difficulty here as the eye with the cataract had a lens put in to be farsighted and I have had 50 years of nearsighted. the other eye is not done yet and i am not sure how to do this but I wish that I would have gotten your vitamins 6 weeks ago and may have avoided this surgery, but for now the other eye is not bad and I was told by the eye surgeon to wait a while soooooo……I am going to take your vitamins and hope that my eye dr can figure out what I need to do next. .

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