Now Coffee Can Save Our Eyes

I feel like a broken record!  Now coffee is being held up as a way to hold on to your eyes.

Or, your vision, at least.

A cup of coffee a day may keep retinal damage away, reports.  Coffee may prevent deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes.

That's because coffee contains not just caffeine but chlorogenic acid, a strong antioxidant that prevents retinal degeneration in mice.  

Accordin to, the retina is a thin tissue layer on the inside, back wall of the eye with millions of light-sensitive cells and other nerve cells that receive and organize visual information. It is also one of the most metabolically active tissues, demanding high levels of oxygen and making it prone to oxidative stress. The lack of oxygen and production of free radicals leads to tissue damage and loss of sight.

“Coffee is the most popular drink in the world, and we are understanding what benefit we can get from that," Chang Y. Lee, professor of food science and the study’s senior author, tells the Web site.
Previous studies have shown that coffee also cuts the risk of such chronic diseases as Parkinson’s, prostate cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive declines. And coffee can also make us behave.


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