EAT YOUR AN­TIOX­I­DANTS

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Stave off can­cer, di­a­betes and vi­sion loss with th­ese an­tiox­i­dant-rich foods

You’ve prob­a­bly heard about the anti-ag­ing ben­e­fits of an­tiox­i­dants, but we bet you didn’t know that th­ese nu­tri­ents can also help ward off dis­ease. They pre­vent cell dam­age, which makes them pretty in­cred­i­ble at fight­ing can­cer, di­a­betes and vi­sion loss. And they’re easy to find—just add th­ese whole foods to your gro­cery list.

SIGHT SAVIOURS

OTH­ER­WISE KNOWN AS: Lutein and zeax­an­thin

FOUND IN: Yel­low and green veg­eta­bles, such as pep­pers, corn, spinach and broc­coli

HOW THEY WORK: Eat­ing foods rich in th­ese nu­tri­ents can help pro­tect against cataracts and mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion, a lead­ing cause of blind­ness. “They im­prove the func­tion of the retina it­self,” says De­siree Nielsen, a Van­cou­ver reg­is­tered di­eti­tian. “If you don’t get lutein and zeax­an­thin in your diet, it con­trib­utes to de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in eye­sight as you get older.”

AGE DEFIER

OTH­ER­WISE KNOWN AS: Ly­copene FOUND IN: Toma­toes, wa­ter­melon, pink grape­fruit and pa­paya

HOW IT WORKS: Ly­copene helps fight pho­to­dam­age, which is the dam­age to skin or DNA caused by ex­po­sure to UV ra­di­a­tion. Over time, that can mean a younger-look­ing com­plex­ion, says Nielsen. It’s also a po­tent anti-in­flam­ma­tory, and re­search shows it may help pre­vent strokes and heart dis­ease. For the most ben­e­fit, eat ly­copene-rich foods cooked—tomato paste is one of the best sources be­cause it’s so con­cen­trated.

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