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How can I boost antioxidant levels in my body to preserve my eye health?

Cooked kale, spinach, collards, and turnip greens (along with broccoli and eggs) are crammed full of lutein and zeaxanthin. These are two powerful antioxidants that may help protect against retinal damage and the onset of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant enzyme, manufactured in the body, that functions as part of the defense system for the lenses of your eyes. When glutathione levels are deficient, the eyes are more vulnerable to oxidative damage. Nutrients required to increase glutathione levels include selenium and vitamins C and E.

Top vitamin C sources include oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, papayas, kiwis, green peppers, red bell peppers and tomatoes.

Top vitamin E sources include almonds, pecans, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, dark, leafy greens and vegetable oils (e.g., safflower and corn).

Top selenium sources include Brazil nuts (with a whopping 95.8 micrograms per nut), snapper and shrimp.

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