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3 Disease Cures Hiding in Your Supermarket

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Yup! You can demolish these diseases with your diet.

By Molly Raisch, Prevention

Here's one thing to add to your grocery list: disease-fighting foods. A growing body of research shows that you can squash certain symptoms with what you eat. In fact, eating the right foods may be just what the doctor ordered for these ailments:

Dry Eye
If you suffer from dry eye (you know, that annoying gritty feeling when you blink), then relief may be found in a simple cup of joe, according to researchers from the University of Tokyo's School of Medicine. Study participants were given either a caffeine supplement or a placebo, and they then had their eyes tested 45 minutes later. The results? Not a dry eye in the house for those who'd had caffeine: they produced more tears than their noncaffeinated counterparts. This could be especially good news for women, as dry eye tends to affect postmenopausal women more than any other group. 


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Gum Disease

It's no secret that brushing and flossing is crucial to preventing gum disease, but it turns out that what you put on your plate matters too — and we’re not talking about staying away from lollipops and caramels (though not a bad idea). Researchers from Harvard Medical School discovered that omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like fish oil and walnuts, can help cut down on inflammation, which is one of the culprits behind periodontal disease. 


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Macular Degeneration
Apologies to your mom, but eating carrots isn't the vision-saving solution she always said it was, at least not when compared to kale. Dark, leafy green veggies are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, and research shows that consuming these nutrients lowers the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

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