A recent Australian study has established a link between daily consumption of oranges and reduced risk of age-related AMD. Explanations.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative retinal disease that affects nearly one million people over 50 in France. This chronic and progressive pathology can cause blindness, and can take two forms. For the most common, called "dry" AMD no treatment exists to date ... But researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research (Australia) have just made a discovery to say the least encouraging: eating an orange every day could reduce the risks of AMD.
To be able to affirm this, the researchers, whose works were published in the journal American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, analyzed the medical data, lifestyle and dietary habits of 2037 patients, aged 49 years and over, for 15 years. The scientific team observed that people who used to eat flavonoid-rich foods on a daily basis were less likely to develop AMD. These antioxidants would help boost the immune system and protect the cells.
Also, patients who reported consuming at least one orange a day, a citrus fruit particularly rich in flavonoids, had a reduced risk of late AMD 15 years later, compared to people who never ate orange.
While additional studies are needed to support these findings, a link between flavonoids and decreased AMD has already been established.