An orange a day might help keep the optician at bay
Oranges: don’t drink the juice, eat the whole fruit to benefit from these amazing sources of goodness. With over 170 different phytonutrients, and more than 60 flavonoids (important for anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits) oranges are rich in antioxidant properties. They also contain health giving elements such as:
Potassium – associated with a reduced risk of stroke and muscle loss, while helping to preserve bone mineral density.
Choline – a relatively recent discovery, it’s a vitamin-like essential nutrient still being researched but needed for maintaining a healthy metabolism, normal brain development and cognitive function in later life. Deficiency can cause muscle damage and abnormal deposition of fat in the liver. Choline must be consumed daily.
Limonin – a powerful antioxidant that acts as a potent anti-carcinogen.
The importance of eating oranges has been further illustrated in a new Australian study reporting that people who regularly eat oranges are less likely to develop macular degeneration than people who don’t. The research showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than a 60% reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later. Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits for eye health. The flavonoids from eating oranges seem to be key to offering the protection as the data did not show a relationship between other food sources protecting the eyes against the disease. Age is the strongest known risk factor for macular degeneration in eye health, with the disease is more likely to occur after the age of 50. As there is currently no cure for the disease, this suggests an orange a day might help keep the optician at bay.
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