If you love oranges, you’ll be pleased to know that eating an orange a day makes you less likely to develop macular degeneration
High in vitamin C, oranges pack more than just a nutritional punch.
Research has found that people who eat at least one serving of oranges every day have more than a 60% reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later.
This is according to a Westmead Institute for Medical Research study.
Researchers interviewed more than 2 000 adults aged over 50 and followed them over a 15-year period.
“Essentially we found that people who eat at least one [serving] of orange every day have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who never eat oranges,” says lead Researcher Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath from the University of Sydney.
“Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits.”
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“The data shows that flavonoids found in oranges appear to help protect against the disease,” says Professor Gopinath,
“Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system.
Researchers examined other common foods that contain flavonoids such as tea, apples and red wine, but the data did not show a relationship between other food sources protecting the eyes against the disease.
Source: Westmead Institute for Medical Research via www.sciencedaily.com
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