Now antioxidants can do much more than stall aging! Scientists have claimed to have developed a new antioxidant that could prevent and even cure cataracts, muscular degeneration and other eye disorders. The miracle antioxidant is N-acetylcysteine amide (NACA). Scientists led by Dr Nuran Ercal at Missouri University of Science and Technology, have incorporated this antioxidant into eye drops and are studying its efficacy in curing and preventing eye disorders.

According to Ercal, NACA is a step above other experimental treatments. Since the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has the capability to pass more easily across the cell membrane it helps in administering medicines in a lower dose. This phenomenon helps to reduce the therapeutic index of the drug, and the side effects associated with it. NACA is also an excellent source of glutathione, a cell’s main antioxidant power, which is diminished during degenerative eye disorders.

Statistically the US has 30 million people that suffer from age related eye disorders. This simple and inexpensive eye drop can help in reducing the number of patients going in for expensive surgeries. According to scientists, results from the use of this drop for the past four years has shown that it can stunt the progression of cataract. This antioxidant has been tested on HIV related and lead poisoning toxicities over a period of 10 years. Ecral hopes that further testing will establish appropriate dosage, frequency and possible side effects.

 

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