An Orange a Day

Oranges make an impact. A big impact. A vision impact.

Here at Rides in Sight we’ve already written about the power of orange food: The carrot, the most storied of all the vision vegetables, allegedly had the power to make people see in the dark.

But while that story is a work of fiction, the story of the orange is anything but. According to new research, regular consumption of oranges can lead to a 60-percent reduction in the risk of developing AMD, a leading cause of vision loss.

Age-related Macular Degeneration affects more Americans than cataracts and glaucoma combined, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, upwards of 10 million people. It is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina. It is considered an incurable eye disease, though there are treatments available.

But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and researchers at Australia’s Westmead Institute for Medical Research have found a handful of oranges are the former.

“Essentially we found that people who eat at least one serve of orange every day have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who never eat oranges,” Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath of University of Sydney said in a statement. “Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits.”

And more is better in this case: Researchers found it was people who ate at least one serving of oranges per day who had more than a 60 percent reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later.

Forget about apples, it’s a regular dose of oranges that keeps the doctor away.