Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Australia interviewed more than 2,000 adults aged over 50 and followed them over a 15-year period.
Macular degeneration is a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the centre of the visual field.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than a 60 per cent reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later.
Lead researcher Bamini Gopinath, an associate professor at the University of Sydney, said the data showed that flavonoids in oranges appear to help prevent against the eye disease.
“Essentially we found that people who eat at least one serve of orange every day have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who never eat oranges,” she said.
“Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits. The data shows that flavonoids found in oranges appear to help protect against the disease,” Gopinath said.
Until now most research has focused on the effects of common nutrients such as vitamins C, E and A on the eyes.
“Our research is different because we focused on the relationship between flavonoids and macular degeneration, she said.
Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system.
“We examined common foods that contain flavonoids such as tea, apples, red wine and oranges. Significantly, the data did not show a relationship between other food sources protecting the eyes against the disease,” Gopinath said.
Age is the strongest known risk factor for macular degeneration and the disease is more likely to occur after the age of 50. There is currently no cure for the disease, the researchers said.
Be Cautious This Season: Superfoods To Boost Immunity And Keep You…
25 Jan, 2018
Monsoon is here and so are the diseases. The change in season can result in various viral infections, flus and poor health conditions.
The tricky season can lead to various health problems like sore throat, itchy nose, sneeze, ceaseless cough, common cold, and many water-borne diseases like typhoid, gastroenteritis, food poisoning, diarrhoea, malaria and dengue.
While regular exercising and staying hydrated is important, it is crucial to consume the right foods to strengthen your immunity and beat the illness this season.
Dolly Kumar, founder and director of Gaia; Eesha Kanade, Obino’s health coach; Luke Coutinho, MD in alternative medicine & holistic nutritionist; and holistic health guru Dr Mickey Mehta share a list of best immunity-boosting foods that will keep you healthy.
8 Feb, 2018
Hony is the best remedy to cure a sore throat. Grate half a ginger, add a spoonful of honey and you have the perfect home-made remedy for sore throat. Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is a great substitute to sugar. It is also cholesterol-free and sodium-free. A spoonful of honey in warm water is one of the perfect ingredients to solve many of your health problems like high blood pressure, blood purification, etc.
8 Nov, 2017
Neem helps boost your immune system while cooling down your body internally. It possesses both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help keep your skin clean, radiant and healthy. Neem also has blood-purifying properties. It helps clear toxins and impurities from the blood leaving you with a strengthened immune system.
8 Nov, 2017
Keeping yourself nourished from the inside is very important. Indulge in a hearty bowl of oats. Rich in dietary fibre and protein, oats are a low-calorie food that keeps you fuller for longer. It also helps manage cholesterol levels, maintain healthy body weight, and reduce the risk of blood sugar and diabetes.
29 Dec, 2017
Green Tea contains powerful anti-oxidants and nutrients that help regulate blood sugar, improve brain function and enhance metabolism. This ’super-drink’ also has essential minerals, bioactive compounds and fat-burning qualities. It also helps in increasing the detoxification process in the body and aids in weight loss.