FRIDAY, April 2, 2021
Cataracts are a threat to the vision of millions, but new study suggests a welcome aid to prevention: wine.
A few glasses of alcohol — especially red wine — a week may help reduce your risk of cataract surgery, new British research suggests.
“The fact that our findings were particularly evident in wine drinkers may suggest a protective role of polyphenol antioxidants, which are especially abundant in red wine,” said study lead author Sharon Chua, a researcher from University College London Institute of Ophthalmology. Her team noted that grape skin is abundant in with healthy antioxidants, an antioxidant-like compound known as resveratrol, and other heathy chemicals called flavonoids.
Too much alcohol — a drink a day or more — wasn’t great for eye health, however. In heavier drinkers, the odds for cataracts actually began to rise, according to the study.
Cataracts often develop with age and