Prescription foods: What to eat to cure your ills

Forget pills—these 14 everyday ingredients can fix everything from puffy eyes to erectile dysfunction.
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Poor eyesight

The Solution: Kale—one cup daily
The Science: Xanthophyll pigments not only give kale (and other leafy greens) its color, they can also help slow age-related macular degeneration, the process by which vision goes from sharp to blurry.
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Muscle ache

The Solution: Tart cherries—one cup, or two glasses of juice, daily, before and during exercise
The Science: Contains the same anti-inflammatory enzymes as ibuprofen, without the potential kidney and stomach-related side effects.
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Memory loss

The Solution: Sunflower seeds—a quarter cup daily
The Science: These vitamin E-loaded seeds will protect the neurons in your brain from oxidative stress, which means you keep your memory longer.
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Weak muscles

The Solution: Apples—one daily
The Science: Leave the peel on—it's full of ursolic acid, which fuels the production of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) and insulin, two hormones important in building muscle.
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Erectile dysfunction

The Solution: Garlic—one to two cloves daily, in food
The Science: Crushed garlic contains allicin, a compound that can decrease blood pressure and improve blood flow, which may lead to a harder erection.
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Lack of focus

The Solution: Eggs—one daily

The Science: Eggs are packed with choline, a nutrient that boosts the brain's ability to relay commands to the rest of your body while also maintaining the structure of your brain's cell membranes.

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Aging skin

The Solution: Oranges—one daily, or six ounces of juice
The Science: Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, the protein that keeps skin elastic.
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The Solution: Brown rice—one cup of cooked rice daily
The Science: Carbs help regulate the production of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter in controlling mood and suppressing anxiety. A complex carb like brown rice will give you the best high-carb-low-cal combo.
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The Solution: Chicken—four ounces daily
The Science: Tryptophan is often associated with turkey, but chicken contains more of the amino acid that helps the body produce the sleep-friendly hormone melatonin.
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Puffy eyes

The Solution: Green tea—one cup daily, after a meal
The Science: The puffiness that creates dark circles under your eyes is often caused by fluid retention. Green tea is a diuretic that'll reduce unwanted swelling all over your body.
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