A group of researchers at the Australian Westmead Institute for Medical Research have interviewed more than 2,000 people aged 50 years and over and followed them for a 15 year period to ascertain that those who eat oranges regularly are able to negotiate the development of macular degeneration, which is attributed as the primary cause of vision loss.
It must be noted that macular degeneration is a health condition wherein blurred or no vision at all is formed at the center of the visual field. The study has detected that the people under observation who continued to eat oranges frequently had as much as 60% reduced changes of getting macular degeneration at later stages of their lives.
According to Bamini Gopinath, a leader researcher of the study, flavonoids contained in oranges are behind the prevention of this common eye disease. Even consuming an organ in a week seems to be majorly helpful, but complete ignorance of the fruit is not healthy.
What makes this study a unique in its kind is that most of the previous researches focused on the nutrients coming from Vitamin A, C, and E, whereas the new study is focused on macular degeneration and its connection with flavonoids. As the researchers explain, flavonoids are strong antioxidants that are found in most fruits and vegetables including apples and tea, and offer anti-inflammatory benefits too for the immunity system. Sadly, there is not therapeutic cure for the diseases and hence, oranges must be included in one’s daily or weekly diet.