Among more than 2,000 adults over 50 who were followed for 15 years, researchers found that those whose daily menu included an orange had a more than 60 percent reduced risk of developing age-relation macular degeneration compared with those who didn’t eat oranges. Macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss, affects more than 2 million Americans and has no cure. Beneficial compounds known as flavonoids, found in fruits, vegetables, and tea, are known to lower inflammation in the body and protect against harmful process known as oxidation. And oranges’ specific flavonoids, known as flavonones, may be especially protective for vision. It’s important to remember that this is a population study, which means that it can show an association but does not prove cause and effect. But since oranges are chock full of nutrients, there’s no harm in making them a regular part of your meals and snacks. Steer clear of orange juice, however, which will increase your blood sugar.
Source: Dietary flavonoids and the prevalence and 15-y incidence of age-related macular degeneration
“Oranges are low in calories and full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy, skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases as part of an overall healthy and varied diet.” Megan Ware, RDN LD