An apple a day. . . and an orange?

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September 13th, 2018
oranges and apples

A team of researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have found that eating an orange every day may help you stave off age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness among seniors in the U.S. Risk factors include a family history of AMD, smoking, and being Caucasian. It causes loss of central vision, which is vital for reading, driving, and other daily activities. There are some treatments that may slow the progression, but there is no cure.

Reduced risk

In the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers followed the dietary habits of more than 2,000 people over age 50 for a 15-year period. They found that people who ate at least one serving of oranges a day had a 60% reduced risk of developing AMD.

The researchers speculate that the flavonoids in oranges likely play a role. Oranges, like most fruits and veggies, contain flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids are also found in apples, tea, and red wine, but the researchers found no relationship between these other sources and the risk of AMD.

AMD can be detected during a full, dilated eye examination, which you should have every one to two years. Talk to your doctor about any vision problems.