AN ORANGE A DAY keeps mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion away

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A new study re­veals that peo­ple who reg­u­larly eat or­anges are less likely to de­velop mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion. Sci­en­tists at the Aus­tralia- based West­mead In­sti­tute for Med­i­cal Re­search in­ter­viewed more than 2,000 Aus­tralian adults over 50, fol­low­ing them over a 15- year pe­riod. Peo­ple who ate at least one serv­ing of or­anges daily had more than a 60 per­cent re­duced risk of de­vel­op­ing mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion 15 years later. Lead re­searcher Bamini Gopinath, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney, noted that pre­vi­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions on eye health have cen­tered on com­mon nu­tri­ents such as vi­ta­mins A, C, and E. “Our re­search is dif­fer­ent be­cause we fo­cused on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween flavonoids and mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion,” says Gopinath. ” And the data shows that flavonoids found in or­anges ap­pear to help pro­tect against the dis­ease.“

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