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Drinking Green Tea May Help Prevent Eye Disease

February 24, 2010 by  

Drinking green tea may help prevent eye diseaseAccording to a recent study, beneficial properties found in green tea may help protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases.

Researchers have long thought that antioxidants in green tea known as catechins were capable of protecting the eye, but no one knew for sure if they could actually pass from the stomach and gastrointestinal tract into the tissues of the eye.

After conducting various experiments with lab rats, study author Chi Pui Pang and his colleagues concluded that eye structures are in fact capable of absorbing significant amounts of individual catechins. The beneficial effects of antioxidants found in green tea lasted in the eye for up to 20 hours.

"Our results indicate that green tea consumption could benefit the eye against oxidative stress," which can lead to retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, said Pang.

Additional studies need to be conducted to confirm green tea’s protective effect in humans.

Separate studies have also suggested that antioxidants may help prevent heart disease, improve immune system function and protect against certain forms of cancer.
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  • DrKete

    I had planned to share this info, but will not since it contains testing on animals. Waste of time, you still have to see how it works in people. Medical advances made on the suffering of other creatures rarely ends up being of benefit. Do some real, clinical studies instead.

  • Angela

    Thank you for all the helpful articles and informative information;
    Angie

  • s c

    Hopefully, an individual, some individuals or a group will step forward and see to it that proper testing is done. What matters most is to completely bypass the FDA and its ‘maximum profit via false-science approach to health matters.
    Lives are too important to be wasted on a bureaucracy that dotes on absolute power and 24/7 protection of drug firms. Get it done, and let the large drug firms and the FDA try to explain why they hesitated to ‘stoop’ and explore every natural resource.

  • pfwag

    DO the Chinese and Japanese have so many problems with glaucoma? If not, that narrows it down quite a bit.

  • https://twitter.com/appliedcolors Brody Hall

    I’ve been searching for this exact information on this subject for a while.  Bookmarked and recommended!

  • http://eyescience.com/education/ AMD @ EyeScience

    Lots of things can help prevent eye disease, and green tea is one of them.

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