According to recent research, oranges protect the eyes, avoiding macular degeneration thanks to the high content of flavonoids.
They are only vitamin C, oranges also contain other substances that protect the eyes and help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
This fruit has always been known and appreciated for its ability to strengthen the immune system and protect us from the flu, in reality the benefits of oranges do not stop there. In their juicy and sugary pulp, in fact, there are also flavonoids, antioxidants that play an anti-inflammatory action. Taking them reduces the risk of blindness and of developing macular degeneration in old age.
This is revealed by research carried out by the University of Sydney and published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. According to scholars, eating only an orange a day would help reduce the risk of developing the disease by 60%.
According to experts, even eating a single orange a day would reduce the risk of developing the disease by 60%. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, but those of oranges would have a specific action to protect eyesight. The study involved as many as 2,000 adults aged around 50, who were observed for 15 years to assess the link between eye diseases and diet. The results highlighted the beneficial effects of this fruit.
"People who ate from one to two servings a day – explained Bamini Gopinath, an epidemiologist and research manager – had a risk of macular degeneration reduced by 60%".
"Contrary to expectations, it is not the vitamin C content that produces the favorable results," he added, "but the flavonoids, compounds found in a range of food and beverage groups, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. body. " The studies are still at the beginning for now, but certainly the oranges should be included in a healthy diet to protect their health. "With advancing age we recommend a healthier diet in general – the expert concluded – and the oranges are part of it."