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Keep cataracts at bay with these belly-pleasing foods

During the war, we’d stare death in the face every single day — and do it without blinking. But one of the biggest, toughest guys in the unit was positively terrified of spiders.

Go figure.

We all have something that scares us, and if you ask seniors what they fear I bet almost none will answer “death.”

Death we can handle. The stuff that comes before it, on the other hand, can cause a full-blown panic attack just thinking about it.

And for some folks, nothing can get them to sweat quite like the idea of cataract surgery.

Doesn’t matter that it’s a simple outpatient procedure done thousands of times a day without incident. The very idea of lying awake, eyes held open with a clamp while a scalpel comes at you, is enough to send some folks right over the edge.

I knew a gal who had to reschedule her cataract surgery SIX TIMES because every time they got her in for the procedure, her blood pressure shot through the roof and docs couldn’t operate.

If you’ve got a cataract that advanced, you’re probably going to need to take a deep breath and schedule the surgery.

But if you’re in the earlier stages — or if you just want to make sure you never get one in the first place — there’s a step you can take right now to prevent vision loss, save your eyes and help ensure you never have to go under the knife yourself.

And you’re gonna LOVE this one: eat steak!

Red meat is one of the best all-natural sources of B vitamins around, and new research finds the higher your intake of B the lower your risk of vision-robbing cataracts.

High B12 intake, for example, will cut your risk of mild and moderate nuclear cataracts by as much as 38 percent and mild cortical cataracts by up to 23 percent. Riboflavin, aka vitamin B2, had similar numbers, while high B6 intake can cut your risk of moderate nuclear lens opacity (cloudy eyes) by a third.

Along with steak, your best natural sources of these and other vision-saving B vitamins include other meats (especially organ meats and pork), milk, cheese, eggs, fish, shellfish and in some cases nuts and seeds.

If you want to cover your bases and get even more benefits such as brain and heart protection, add a quality B complex to your daily routine.

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