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Especially for those of you who might be recovering from solar retinopathy today, it might interest you to know that the "gingers" of the avian class also are the fairer. Synthesis of phaeomelanin involves consumption and therefore limits availability of the antioxidant, glutathione (GSH), which is critical in the defence against oxidative damage to the crystalline protein of the lens. Original article: via the news feed at
Birds with red, orange or chestnut feathers are more likely to suffer from cataracts, according to researchers.
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