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October 10, 2018 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Oranges Score Big for Vision Health

Simply eating more oranges may offer exceptional protection from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of adult severe vision loss and blindness and devastates the quality of life of those who suffer from it as it has no cure. Past studies have confirmed that diet is unquestionably a risk factor for better or for worse in this growing condition.
Australian researchers have now pegged oranges as a potential megastar food for preventing AMD. For this study, the researchers followed the diets and vision health of over 2,000 Australians above the age of 50 for fifteen years, specifically zeroing in on foods high in flavonoids. Flavonoids were singled out because they are a potent class of antioxidant phytochemicals with known anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
The findings? Study subjects who reported they consumed a serving of oranges a day were 60 percent less likely to develop AMD. According to the lead researchers, even consuming as little as a serving a week was tied to significant risk reduction. This is wonderful news as oranges are widely available and taste delicious! (3)
Click here to see all the dietary do’s and don’ts for vision health.
(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2018 DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqy114)
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