Eating oranges may help prevent macular degeneration

Leslie Hanson
July 15, 2018

A new study has shown that people who regularly eat oranges are less likely to develop macular degeneration than people who do not eat oranges.

According to the study by the Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Australia, a daily orange appeared to trigger a 60 percent reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration.

Experts believe that this is due to the flavonoids contained in exotic fruits.

Bamini Gopinath together with their Australian colleagues conducted a study that showed how connected the rodents eating oranges with their vision.

"Our research aims to understand why eye diseases occur, as well as the genetic and environmental conditions that may threaten vision", said Professor Gopinath.

Gopinath said the research focused on the effects of common nutrients such as vitamins C, E and A on the eyes.

She added: "Our research is different because we focused on the relationship between flavonoids and macular degeneration".

The data collected by the researchers suggests that the health boost is caused by flavonoids in the fruit, chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their distinctive colours and which can also act as powerful antioxidants.

Researchers from Tohuku University in Japan have found that daily intake of citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes, can cut chances of developing dementia by nearly a quarter. Interestingly, the study found no other food sources that can protect the eyes from macular degeneration.

Around 600,000 people in the United Kingdom now have sight loss caused by the incurable disease and around 70,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, equivalent to almost 200 per day.

These flavonoids have been linked to anti-inflammatory boosts for the immune system for a number of years, but this is the first time they've been analysed in connection with this eye disease, which affects millions of people over the age of 50. Most of our media is owned by a handful of offshore billionaires with personal agendas.

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