This increases the possibility that green tea may prevent development of glaucoma and other eye diseases.
This discovery is significant because until now, researchers did not know whether the potent antioxidants in green tea called catechins were capable of reaching the tissues in the eye, even though many have long felt that catechins are important in protecting the eyes against various diseases. This new study shows that catechins do make the journey from the stomach and gastrointestinal tract into the tissues of the eye.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Chu KO et al Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 2010 Jan 19; 58(3): 1523-34
Glaucoma Research Foundation
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