Turns out Vitamin C does more than just thwart colds: The nutrient also wards off sight-clouding cataracts. Dubbed “scurvy of the eye”, cataracts earned that moniker after research revealed that a deficiency in C can trigger their growth. Fortunately, Spanish investigators discovered that taking 500 mg. of Vitamin C daily reduces cataract risk by 64%, plus helps block their growth if you already have them. Researchers say that the nutrient prevents eye fluids from oxidizing and causing cloudy, blurred vision.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).