An Orange A Day May Keep Blindness Away
including this citrus into our diet to prevent age related macular degeneration.
An Orange a day may keep blindness away according to new research on including this citrus into our diet to prevent age related macular degeneration.
By including this vitamin C filled citrus into our diets we can reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration. This eye disease affects around 60% of central vision in people.
Vitamin C is important for eye health as it nourishes the eyes and protects them against oxidative stress. Vitamin C can assist in preventing many eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. This antioxidant protects against heart disease and helps to rebuild collagen- anti-aging at its best!
Professor Bamini Gopinath, lead author from Sydney University said:
“The data shows that flavonoids found in oranges appear to help protect against the disease”
He goes on to explain that most fruits contain powerful antioxidants called Flavonoids and they also have anti-inflammatory benefits complementing the immune system.
Oranges are found to be the only fruit that protects against sight loss, even though these flavonoids are found in other fruit too – the reason for this is unknown.
As many know, the essential nutrients such as Vitamin C ,E and A are beneficial eye health.
Professor Gopinath had this to say:
“Our research is different because we focused on the relationship between flavonoids and macular degeneration. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system”
Researchers analyzed that 2,037 adults from age 49 over 15 years.
The participants diets were assessed using food questionnaires. The results showed that eating oranges protects against age related macular degeneration. This was tested against those who didn’t include the citrus into their diets.
Professor Gopinath suggested that even one orange a week will have remarkable results.
Researchers are planning further investigating of what genetic and environmental factors may cause eye diseases.