Eye dis­ease

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Eat­ing just one orange daily has the power to re­duce the risk of mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion by 60%, re­port Aus­tralian re­searchers in The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion. Over the course of the 15-year study, en­joy­ing at least one orange a week was shown to have pro­tec­tive ben­e­fits while a daily serv­ing of citrus of­fered the most vi­sion sup­port. Re­searchers say the flavonoids in or­anges pro­tect a key area of the eye (the reti­nal pig­ment ep­ithe­lium) against harm­ful ox­ida­tive stress that con­trib­utes to vi­sion loss. Though many plant foods con­tain flavonoids, the re­searchers noted that other food sources were not as pro­tec­tive as or­anges.

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