Vitamin C and Your Eye

Recent research, by Calero et al., published in June 2011 revealed the importance of vitamin C for proper functioning of retinal and brain cells.  Without adequate levels of vitamin C, a receptor (GABA receptor) in the retinal cells stopped performing. In turn, improper working cells can correlate with eye diseases.  (http://www.revoptom.com/content/c/29660/).   

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is a natural antioxidant found in food.  Besides oranges, other fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C include guava, kiwi, red and green bell peppers, strawberries, brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe.

 There are varying recommendations of the daily amount of vitamin C needed.   Pregnancy and certain health conditions can increase your need for vitamin C.  Consult with your primary care doctor to accurately determine you intake need.

Author:  Nikki Polnick, OD

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