Study: An orange a day keeps the bad vision at bay

There is one fruit proven to boost your sight and prevent loss of vision — an orange. Start chopping up those orange slices.

If you do not want your world to become a blurry smear, you may want to read this. There is one fruit proven to boost your sight and prevent loss of vision — an orange. Start chopping up those orange slices.

In a 15-year study of 2,000 Australian adults aged over 50, researchers found that an orange a day was helpful at keeping macular degeneration, or the disease that causes loss of vision, at bay.

A serving of oranges lowered risk of eye disease

The study found that participants who had a simple serving of oranges a day reduced their risk of getting age-related macular degeneration 15 years later by more than 60%. The flavonoids, or the chemicals that give oranges their bright color, appeared to be particularly helpful at preventing the eye disease. Interestingly, oranges had superior eye benefits than other foods that had flavonoids like apples.

“Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system,” Bamini Gopinath, the study’s lead author, said. “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.”

To save your eyes in the future, prevention can start with a cup of squeezed orange juice.

Monica Torres|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at mtorres@theladders.com.