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6 Foods That Improve Your E YESIGHT By Diane Kelly From eggs to oranges, these surprising foods may protect your vision and safeguard your eyes from devasta ng diseases. Can you improve your eyesight naturally? More than 25 million people worldwide are affected by age-related macular degenera on and cataracts, which according to the American Optometric Associa on is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55. These diseases are o en caused by oxida on and inflamma on of the eyes, but research has found that foods rich in the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases. Other studies have found that a diet rich in vitamins C and E, beta carotene, zinc, and omega-3 fa y acids can also prevent age-related eye diseases. Here are six top sources you should start ea ng now to improve eyesight. ORGANIC KALE Rich in cancer- figh ng an - oxidants and vitamins, kale is also a good source of beta-carotene and is the top combo of both lutein and zeaxanthin; one cup of greens contains 23.8 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin. Use kale in a salad or a side dish; blend it into fruit smoothies; or bake the leaves into kale chips. ORGANIC SPINACH One cup of nutrient- dense spinach packs a healthy 20.4 mg of lutein and zea- xanthin. Add spinach to sandwiches and wraps, use it as a salad starter, or make green smoothies with it. Note: Cooking the greens helps your body be er absorb lutein. ORGANIC BROCCOLI This fiber-rich veggie is rich in vitamin C, and also contains eye- boos ng beta- carotene, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin. Add cooked broccoli to omelets and fri atas, or toss it in marinara sauces and pasta dishes. Page 20 | Abby's Magazine -

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