Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Green Tea shows promise in reducing glaucoma risk

Researchers based at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Eye Hospital found that green tea consumption may protect the eye from oxidative stress, which can cause DNA damage, tissue cell damage and many kinds of eye diseases.

The Glaucoma Foundation defines glaucoma as "a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning." The Chinese researchers believe the results of their green tea study may show promise against a type of glaucoma called open angle glaucoma. There are two kinds of glaucoma: open angle glaucoma and closed angle glaucoma. Open angel glaucoma is the more common and the more insidious because the pressure in the eye develops slowly and often suffers do not have any symptoms until there is significant damage.

Although this study was done in rats, the promising results may result in future human trials.

For more information about this study, go to: Study finds green tea could reduce glaucoma risk

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