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Gout Diet

Can diet alone cure gout? It would seem so, since the cause of gout is related to faulty purine metabolism, then it would seem logical that cutting down, or out altogether foods high in purines, gout would be eliminated.

The pain of gout would be enough one would think to give sufferers the impetus to change their diets, however, this does not seem to be the case. The gout diet is not overly abstemious, you can indulge freely in a wide variety of delicious foods.

It’s not only what you eat, but how much you eat of what you should not eat. Meat is one of the main offenders, however if we could manage to eat a very small portion once a day of some form of protein, maybe, gout symptoms would never manifest.

Unfortunately most of us over indulge and eat far in excess of our needs, because of this tendency we make ourselves sick. Alcohol, particularly beer is something to avoid if you have gout.

Gout can be triggered by crash dieting, if you are overweight following a healthy gout diet will reduce your weight slowly. The gout diet should consist of a high proportion of organic fruit and vegetables, celery juice is great for helping the body to rid itself of those nasty glass-like shards of urate crystals which lodge in your toe joint, and cause you such intense pain.

A gout diet provides a simple solution to what could be a lifelong health problem. Taking medication to relieve pain and inflammation, does not treat the cause of the problem. The cause of the problem is overindulgence in purine rich foods associated with a predisposition to gout, so palliating the symptoms with pain medication, and anti inflammatory drugs will only add to your health problems, for every drug taken comes with side effects.

The gout diet should consist of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, organic sourdough breads, organic sugarless cereals, ground flaxseed meal, virgin olive oil for your salads, and as much filtered water as you can manage to drink.

Foods you should avoid: fast foods, fried foods, red meat, organ meats, seafood, pizzas, hydrogenated fats such as margarine, diet sodas or sodas of any kind, sugar substitutes, and alcohol, particularly beer.

The gout diet is a simple one which can return you to health in a very short time. Far better to make a couple of changes in your eating habits which will allow you to enjoy a healthy life, rather than to be suffering from gouty arthritis. Cure your gout with a healthy gout diet.

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Creatine – 5 Rules For How To Take This Super Supplement The Right Way

I can’t tell you guys how often I get asked questions about creatine

No lie, at least 3 times a day! What is it? What does it do? Is it safe? Is it like steroids? How much should I take? How long should I take it for? What’s the best kind? Who makes the best brand? How should I take it?

Etc, etc, etc.

So I figured, why don’t I create a dedicated article to this, in my mind, “super supplement” to help clear up all the confusion and to help my guys get the most out of it?

So let me get right to it.


Don’t get confused by all the new clever marketing angles for creatine. You’ll find versions like creatine ethyl-ester, creatine alkyl, creatine (insert some super scientific sounding word here). Guys, all this is is a way for supplement companies to come out with gimmicky new ways to make you think that there is some hybrid new version of creatine out that is going to help you pack on 20 pounds of muscle in just 4 days! Forget it. It’s nonsense. The ethyl-ester version actually claims to produce it’s effects without the muscle hydrating effect of original creatine monohydrate…but that’s EXACTLY one of the benefits that you’re taking the supplement for in the first place. To hydrate your muscle cells to create a more anabolic environment long term. Not to mention, this muscle water retention is responsible for the often times dramatic lean mass weight gain that creatine users will see on the product.


People that “load” creatine, or take 5 grams 5 times a day for 5-7 days are often the ones that experience the side effects of muscle cramping, dehydration, and GI distress. It’s no wonder. You try cramming 25 grams of any sand-like powder into your stomach and see what happens. It’s probably not going to like it too much. So what to do? Easy. Studies have shown that taking one steady 5 gram dose a day will produce the same peak creatine stores in your body after just 17 days. So what’s the tradeoff? Just a 10-12 day difference. I’m sure you can all spare the extra few days and your body will be much happier that you did.


Quite frankly, you need to be a bit of a biochemist to figure out how to get creatine to mix with water (or juice for that matter if you find you need a bit more carbs to get the supplement into the muscles) cleanly. You can stir that sucker for minutes and you’re still going to find a pile of white “sand” on the bottom of the glass. Not too appetizing and not too effective for getting the actual benefits from this supplement. Instead, mix it in the blender with your favorite meal replacement and not only will the blender do a better job than you could have done, but the protein/carb combo will also help to more readily drive up the absportion of the supplement so you have more potential benefit.


Though creatine is certainly an effective supplement for adding lean muscle mass (over time), providing short term power (via it’s ATP to ADP transfer) and increasing body weight quickly (via it’s muscle hydrating effects) it’s not some synthetic or unnatural supplement that can do damage long term. Every study thus far has proven this supplement to be safe for long term use. Only those with damaged, diseased or compromised kidneys have been cautioned about taking it since your kidneys are responsible for helping to clear out the excess that is not used (as it does with all other vitamins and minerals that are delivered to the body through foods and supplements). With creatine being a natural metabolite that is already occurring in your body, you are just adding to those levels with your supplementation.


Again, this goes back to the whole marketing hype idea. You will benefit most (and so will your wallet) if you just stick with the basics. Make sure, whatever brand you choose, that you’re getting 100% pure HPLC Creatine Monohydrate. The HPLC part refers to the way that the supplement is cultivated and purified. It’s very specific and will produce the highest grade pure creatine. But that’s it. No more fancy science is needed. A good brand of 1000 grams of creatine should cost you no more than $30, so be wary of those that are asking for more!

So that’s it. I hope this helps to clear up the confusion that continues to surround this supplement. When taken as I advised in this article, creatine monohydrate truly is (along with Whey protein, meal replacements, glutamine, multivitamins, and fish oil) one of the best supplements that any athlete, bodybuilder, AthLEAN-Xer, fitness enthusiast or anyone else that wants to look and be lean, strong, ripped and muscular can take.

Be sure to let me know how it works for you!

Stay Strong,


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Big Muscles Can Mean Small Testicles – Hormone Replacement Therapy Does Have Side Effects

We’ve all seen the guys on TV prison shows with their huge muscles, and the body builders and the drug dealers etc. – all men who have done more than just tone up; rather they have gone all out to an extreme level of muscle mass building. Almost certainly they have used steroids to achieve this, which is an illegal drug rarely prescribed by doctors and certainly never prescribed simply to build muscles for the sake of muscles.

However these drugs containing synthetic hormones, steroids or testosterone most likely have unwanted side effects because what happens is that the brain senses the flood of androgens in the system and via the pituitary gland the testicles are told to stop making testosterone. Over a sustained period of time, with the testes no longer producing hormones, they shrink – literally because of lack of use. So it follows that large muscle from synthetic hormone treatments probably has also resulted in small testicles, a condition that can be permanent even when no more drugs are taken. Infertility is also a related side effect.

The alternative to bulking up muscle mass that does not have the unwanted side effects is to boost the body’s own production of testosterone, and this can easily be done with safe, non-toxic diet supplements similar to the multi-vitamins most people already take every day. The rules for taking them are quite simple – mostly that you should have several in your home and rotate using a different one each day. The last thing you want is for your body to build up a resistance to any of the supplements, and cycling them solves that issue.

When you have a normal routine of boosting your testosterone levels you will experience a sudden and sustained ramping up of your energy levels and it is this increase in energy that will burn up all your excess body fat and replace it with more muscle mass. Rather than consuming external and synthetic hormonal drugs which disrupt your body, the best method is to stimulate your body to higher levels of its own natural hormone production.

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3 Cardio Exercises for Love Handles

We’ve heard all the terms: love handles, muffin top, spare tire – it all comes down to the excess subcutaneous fat that forms over your lower abdominal region. The difficulty of getting rid of this unappealing roll of skin has frustrated many. Hundreds of exercises and diet plans have been created with promises of getting rid of the love handles, but very few have been effective.

The problem is that most people still follow old-school methods. They think doing hundreds of traditional sit-ups and crunches can help them get rid of stubborn belly fat. But our bodies don’t work like that. We can’t spot reduce, meaning we can’t choose where we want to get rid of fat.

The secret lies in overall caloric expulsion. We want to burn as many calories as possible – this is accomplished with high intensity cardiovascular exercise.

Intensity is really the key. The goal is work outside of your comfort zone. When you rev up your high heart rate, you turn your body into a calorie burning machine even when the workout is done.

Here are three simple cardio exercises for love handles you can do anywhere:

1 – Burpees

Burpees have been around for a long time and for good reason. When done properly, it is an incredible bodyweight exercise that provides an exceptional resistance and cardiovascular workout. The exercise combines a squat, pushup and a vertical leap. Start off standing straight. Squat down to the floor and place your hands on the ground. Kick both legs back as you lower your chest to the floor (like a pushup). Now push off with your hands so you can bring both feet back in. Now explode up vertically and jump as high as you can with your hands in the air. Do this exercise continuously. Even ten repetitions will get your heart pumping. It’s all about epoc training.

2 – Mountain Climbers

I don’t think many people know about mountain climbers. This needs to change. This incredible cardiovascular exercise can be done in one spot and can help tone your upper body while revving up your heart rate. Get in pushup position with your hands extended fully. Keep your hands underneath your shoulders. Now, bring one knee up to your chest and bring it back. Bring the other leg in. You want to alternate bringing your knees up at a fast pace. Try and do this for a minute and watch your heart rate skyrocket.

3 – Jump rope

There is not much to say about this exercise except that it works. Get a solid skipping rope and start getting your rhythm down because for the exercise to be effective you need to go at a quick pace. Skipping really gets your heart pumping and will help you build great overall coordination. If you want to incorporate some resistance, get a weighted skipping rope and get ready for your arms to burn.

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Exercises, Tighten and Tone the Buttocks – How to Get a Tight Butt

Ok! Who wants a tight butt? If you do, there are certain exercises that you can do to tone, shape and lift your buttocks. Some exercises just require your body weight and others require the use of exercise equipment like rubber or elastic tubes or bands, weight lifting exercise machines or free weights. In this article I am going to give you a basic program that you could do three times a week. This program is great for getting rid of that “jiggly butt.”

Here is the routine:

  • 20 Body weight squats
  • Squeeze and tighten the buttocks muscles as hard and as tight as you can for 30 seconds
  • 20 Reverse hyperextensions
  • Squeeze and tighten the buttocks muscles as hard and as tight as you can for 30 seconds
  • 20 Leg curls with the left then the right leg
  • Squeeze and tighten the buttocks muscles as hard and as tight as you can for 30 seconds
  • 20 Leg lunges forward and backward with each leg
  • Squeeze and tighten the buttocks muscles as hard and as tight as you can for 30 seconds
  • Repeat this circuit again 2 to 3 more times

If you do this routine 3 times a week your buttocks will be tone, lifted and totally jiggle free. If you combine this program with a healthy nutritional program; not only your tush will be tone but the rest of your body should become lean and sexy.

A healthy diet menu, consists of plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. For beverages you should drink water and avoid drinking soda or other beverages that contain soda. The reason for avoiding sugar is that it increases your insulin levels and when your insulin levels are spiked most of the calories that you consume are stored as fat. This is also why you should also avoid caffeinated beverages.

If you cannot give up your coffee decrease the amount of cream that you use because the cream is loaded with empty calories. Just imagine your butt, hips, belly and thighs getting bigger and fatter with each and every yummy sip. Is it really worth it?

If you have difficulty controlling your appetite and cravings there are many nutritional products and supplements available that work wonders at decreasing and controlling your appetite. Be careful when considering taking over the counter diet products and fat burners because they may have great fancy labels on the outside but contain nothing but garbage ingredients inside.

It is always best to work with a trained Medical professional when taking any dietary supplement, especially when it comes to appetite suppressant pills and products and fat burners. Medical weight loss practitioners, usually only use the safest and most effective weight loss and appetite suppressant medications, supplements and products.

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3 Calisthenics Exercises to Build a Chiseled Spartan "300" Warrior Body

Every week I’m in the gym at least 3 times a week keeping my 6’0″, 165 lbs body in condition. I normally don’t spend more than an hour and 15 minutes getting my main exercises and 20 minutes of interval cardio in at the end. Right before I left for Trinidad about three weeks ago I was lifting weights like any normal gym day, when I noticed this guy who looked like he was a one man army. He was lifting with his other friend who looked like he stepped out of the movie “300”. It wasn’t that heavy lifting type of muscle that you see a lot, but a symmetrical, chiseled lean muscle look that is almost intimidating. The kind of body that women at the beach like to stare at through their sunglasses while whispering to their girlfriend.

I walked up to this guy and told him, “Man you seriously look like a comic book character, what’s your name?”. The guy laughed and told me his name (we’ll call him Cesar). Cesar and I talked about the importance of nutrition and he told me about three key exercises that were the basis for his Sparten body. So here are the three exercises that you should incorporate into your routine with 2 – 3 minutes rest time between sets.

The first exercise is the wide grip pull up which I affectionately call the “Rocky” pull up. You place your hands shoulder width apart and then pull your body up using your lats until the back of your neck hits the bar. Start off and see what your strength level is. I usually keep my reps to 7 – 12 per set. If you are just starting find someone who is willing to hold your feet to help spot you initially to build your strength.

The second exercise is the infamous dip. If you can find a “v”-shape dip bar that would be the best to give you the most pectoral (chest) extension. You want keep your legs together and bend your knees with your head up. On the repetition you should go as low as you can and then extend and raise yourself up above the bar. Do 5-7 repetitions and then take a 2 minute rest. What I do is incorporate the other weight lifting exercises for the day (back/shoulder, triceps/biceps, chest) with all of these. You’ll see that cycling these three exercises into the entire 45 minutes to hour of your lift will have you looking like the Incredible Hulk. I noticed sizable gains and chisels within the first week of integrating them into my workout.

Lastly you’ll want to setup 2 stacks of weights. Start laying three 35 pound weights one on top of the other a body lengths away from a bench press. After you’re done with the first, build your second stack of three 35 pound weights a little more than shoulder width apart from the first stack. Now this is the ultimate setup for a calisthenic pushup that is using your own body weight. First place your feet in the middle of the bench (you’ll want to setup these 2 stacks 90 degrees from the middle of the bench to one side) and then place the palm of your hands on the side of the top most weight on each stack. Keep your back straight and go down for your first pushup. The proper form should have your chest touching the ground and going between the two stacks of 35’s. You should adjust the stacks for your height and proper shoulder width. I usually do about 7 – 10 reps and then rest. The key here is quality of form, your chest should feel like it’s been stretched like never before. You want to squeeze your pectoral muscles at the top of the pushup to get the maximum results.

When you focus on the 1 or 2 muscle groups and then incorporate these 3 calisthenic exercises into your 1 hour routine, you will see results within the first 2-3 lifts guaranteed. I just gave you all a golden nugget of wisdom that I found. This in conjunction with the nutrition tips that form the foundation of my eating habits and specific exercises create the body you see below.

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Boost Your Performance By Going Green

Numerous nutrition related articles talk about preferring a diet rich in green leafy vegetables. Ironically, the ancient Greeks and Romans were aware of their nutritious power; they grew kale and collards and the Romans took them with them on their empire-building campaigns. This good practice sustained their armies and their general populations. Modern diets include many processed foods and you may not have been exposed to these traditional sources of nutrition.

If you are in that unfortunate group, then you may be looking at the selection of greenery at the grocery store and wondering what to select and why. A brief summary of the top powerhouse green leafy vegetable choices and their nutritional benefits may make your next trip and your transition to a healthier diet a little easier.

At the top of the list is the almighty kale. A variety of different types of kale leaves is available in some supermarkets, but most common is that classic curly-leaf kale. As a general guide, the darker the color, the higher the nutrient density. This applies to kale and most other leafy vegetables. A one-cup serving of chopped kale delivers a whopping 134% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, 133% of Vitamin A and 1,180% of Vitamin K. That one-cup serving also provides about 2.9 grams of protein, making kale a good source of plant-based proteins. You can boost the nutrient density of that yogurt smoothie for breakfast or that lunchtime salad mix by throwing in some chopped kale.

A close cousin of kale is the collard green, a well-established dietary component in the southeast region of the United States. In addition to offering vitamins and minerals, steamed collards have proven to be an excellent cholesterol-fighting food, beating out drugs specifically designed for that purpose. Collards can be mixed with other greens, steamed and served with olive oil and seasoning.

Before kale’s ascendancy to the king of the leafy vegetables throne, spinach was the leafy nutrient powerhouse. Popeye was onto something when he downed a can of spinach to grow muscles. A 6-ounce serving of cooked spinach delivers 6.4 mg of iron, which directly supports muscle development. Spinach leaves also contain a substance in the leaf membranes that are known to be appetite suppressants. This helps reduce cravings and supports weight loss. Spinach can be added to salads, yogurt smoothies and served as a nutritious side dish on its own.

While we’re on the subject of salad, romaine lettuce is an excellent choice for the green leafy part of any salad, not just the famous Caesar salad. Romaine lettuce provides more Vitamin B in the form of folic acid than even the mighty kale does. Folic acid helps to enhance fertility and sperm counts in male human beings. This substance is also indicated as a great nutrient for fighting depression.

Next in line is Swiss chard, which contains over a dozen different antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that are shown to lower insulin resistance and improve glucose tolerance. Chard can be a great addition to a weight loss program where a defense against diabetes is needed. Swiss chard can be sauteed and served as a side dish, or added to stews and other mixed vegetable dishes. Cabbage is another leafy vegetable with powerful anti-inflammatory powers, while supplying calcium, iron and other minerals.

Finally, instead of brushing aside the funny looking garnish on the side of your plate – the green parsley leaves – you might want to take a second look. Just one sprig of those tiny leaves can deliver a whole day’s supply of Vitamin K. Parsley also helps to control your appetite, making it another weight-loss friendly food. Chopped parsley can be added to any salad, vegetable stew and added as a garnish on top of steaks and grilled fish.

The great news about all of these excellent nutrient choices is that they are affordable, available in most supermarkets year round and even easy to grow in your own garden or in a pot on a patio. Most have long production seasons often extending to multiple years. Go green – it’s easy and it will make you stronger.

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Fat Burning Cabbage Soup Recipe – Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 7 Days

When people found out that hospitals were feeding patients with weight loss problems with a Fat Burning Cabbage Soup Recipe, many became curious as to how it works. They say that you can lose up to 15 pounds in 7 days just by cooking this dish, but none really knew how to cook this. This article will tell you more about this so make sure to prepare your cooking skills to cook this amazing dish.

To prepare the Fat Burning Cabbage Soup Recipe, you will need the following ingredients: one bunch of blended celery, one or two large cans of tomatoes, one huge head of cabbage, two green peppers, parsley, six green onions, and salt and pepper to taste.

Below are the following directions to prepare our Fat Burning Cabbage Soup Recipe:

1. With all of the above ingredients, chop all these vegetables into small to medium pieces and wash thoroughly.

2. Heat a pan filled with half water and boil for about 10 minutes.

3. Upon boiling, slowly drop all the chopped ingredients and reduce to simmer.

4. Season it with salt and pepper.

5. Continue cooking until the vegetables feel tender.

6. Serve while hot or you can also pour in a thermos for the next morning.

After learning how to cook Fat Burning Cabbage Soup Recipe, we will give you helpful examples of daily meal plan for optimum result:

1. On the beginning of the week, you can choose from a variety of fruits to eat excluding bananas. Your best options are watermelons and cantaloupes because of their low calorie contents. On top of these fruits is the soup and cranberry juice or water.

2. Afterwards, you can eat vegetables that are either fresh or cooked. As much as possible, choose the green leafy vegetables and refrain from eating corn, peas, or dry beans. Indulge yourself with a buttered baked potato at dinnertime and the soup.

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A Poor Man’s Guide to Fat Loss and Six Pack Abs

While I was searching for the best way to get rid of my chunky midsection, I noticed that so Called Nutritional “experts” seem to disagree to what the best foods are that help melt fat away, plus gain overall good health.

I’m here to tell you that from my experience one of the most important lessons that I have gained has been that I don’t need to conform to any of the “fad diets”… low carbs here, low fat there type of ideas. I have always had ripped six pack abs, they were just hiding under a layer of stubborn, chunky body fat… not anymore! I think balance has been the key to my success along with eating a diet of unprocessed, nutritionally based foods. Let’s face the facts here; it’s the heavy processing of today’s foods that makes our system go haywire.

OK, here it is… the following is what the experts said for me to do, that I followed with great success:

1) Getting enough good protein in your diet is a good thing. Not only are you satisfied longer without wanting to knock over a candy store, but it’s the stepping stone to building and maintaining lean muscle. It’s said that the amount of lean muscle you carry is one of the main factors for controlling your metabolism.

2) Fiber is the next one on the list. There is a good source of Fiber in fruits, vegetables, and grains. Try to avoid refined sugars and refined grains, it’s one of the enjoyments that I had to knock out of my daily routine, and one of the reasons many people struggle with body fat. Like protein, fiber also helps fill you up.

3) This next one is, don’t cut fat completely out of your diet… little did I know, it can affect your hormone level in a negative way, plus cause cravings. The experts say “Try to eat enough healthy fats daily”. Once I found out what they were talking about, I was happy to follow. Some of the great foods that I like that have the fats the experts are talking about are: avocados (great on grilled chicken sandwiches), olive oil (when cooking), nuts (one of my favorite snacks) and eggs (perfect start to the day).

4) There are two things that I learned that were a little harder to follow, but I set myself a goal, and I was willing to follow it to the end. Many processed foods have the following good tasting, but yucky for you crap in them.

– high fructose corn syrup: in most sweetened products out there.

– artificial trans fat: margarines, shortening, and hydrogenated oils that seem to have made their way into most of the processed foods we eat today.

I learned that if I were to follow these 4 guidelines, I too could lose the stubborn fat that was making me hesitant to remove my shirt in public. There is so much more to share with you, but old age has taken a toll on my memory. I would like to share with you where I became informed about nutrition, and in turn, lost my flab covering my six pack.

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Improving Vision Health With Vitamin E

When it comes to protecting your eye health nutrition matters due to the fact that there is a link between the proper nutrition and better eye health. One vital aspect of that nutrition is vitamin supplementation. In order to function in a healthful manner the eyes need a combination of essential antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, Zinc and Copper to increase vision health. Another one of these essential nutrients our eyes need to stay healthy is vitamin E.

As an essential antioxidant the role of vitamin E in terms of increasing vision health is associated mainly with its ability to neutralize harmful free radicals that cause the breakup of healthy cells in the eyes. From this point of view, it plays a vital role in protecting the eyes from eye diseases. Therefore vitamin E when combined with other antioxidants is credited with reducing the risks for certain eye disease. Therefore, here are some of the vision health benefits of vitamin E for better eyesight.

When Vitamin E is combined with other antioxidants it is credited with decreasing the risks for eye diseases. Here are some of the vision health benefits of vitamin E for maintaining healthy eyesight:

Vitamin E some important health function sin the body such as increasing metabolism and certain immune system functions such as repairing cell DNA and protecting cell membranes. Vitamin E consumption is a basic necessity for the maintenance of healthy eyesight due to the fact that the body does not make this nutrient. Therefore, it is necessary to obtain it via vitamin supplementation or through food sources. Vitamin E when combined with other antioxidant nutrients is helpful in reducing the risks for the following eye diseases: Cataracts and macular degeneration.

Vitamin E Reduces Risks for Cataracts: when combined with the vision supporting nutrients Lutein and Zeaxanthin research studies have shown that vitamin E significantly reduces the risks for cataract development. When vitamin E is added to an antioxidant combination of vitamins such as Vitamin C, A and Zinc supplementation and copper, it has been shown to reduce the risks for macular degeneration. This study is better known as the AREDS Age Related Eye Disease research study sponsored by the National Eye Institute.

When it comes to eye health nutrition is an aspect of your eye care that increases your vision health. When vitamin E is combined with the right antioxidants we can reduce the risks for age related vision diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts. With its free radical neutralizing effects, this antioxidant functions as a good nutritional ally for good health and the maintenance of healthier eyesight.

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