16 Aug Could Eating Oranges Combat AMD?
It’s no secret that proper nutrition is vital to maintaining good eye health as well as your overall systemic wellbeing. For example, most people recognize carrots as the most eye health-friendly vegetable thanks to their rich beta-carotene content. However, recent studies suggest that the right amount of healthy minerals and nutrients might do more than just help maintain good eye health. In one study, researchers found that participants who ate at least one orange per day were significantly less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The evidence suggests that the high concentration of nutrients found in oranges help slow or prevent some of the underlying physiological factors that lead to AMD and resulting sight loss.
What the Study Says
Using data from the Blue Mountains Eye Study in Australia, researchers followed up with over 2,000 participants 15 years after the study’s baseline data was collected. The participants were 49 years old at this baseline, and researchers found that those who consumed oranges and/or orange juice at least once every day for the past 15 years were up to 60 percent less likely to develop AMD. The data focused mainly on the consumption of specific antioxidants known as flavonoids and their connection to the cellular damage often associated with the degeneration of the macula.
How Else Can You Address AMD?
This study is just one of many that researchers around the world have conducted into preventing and treating AMD, which is the leading cause of sight loss for adults in the U.S. The exact causes of AMD are still largely unknown. However, thanks to these studies, we now know there are several measures that you can also take now to lower your risks of AMD and sight loss. Such measures include improving your dietary intake, maintaining healthier and more physically active lifestyle, and sticking to a routine schedule of professional eye exams.
Learn More About Preserving Your Eye Health
The above study offers hope in finding innovative new ways to combat eye disorders such as AMD. For now, however, you can still have a good chance of preserving your eye health by maintaining a regular schedule of eye exams. For more information, or to schedule an eye exam, call Kirkwood Eye Center in Southlake, TX, today at (817) 416-2010.