Recent studies have found that Green tea can prevent Diabetic Retinopathy , meaning the damage to the retina which can be caused by Diabetes. This can lead to blindness.
Diabetes is not often thought to affect vision but it can affect the retinas of the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, as the condition is called, is the most common reason for blindness in American adults. It attacks the light-sensitive tissues in the back of the eyes and the blood vessels inside the retinas become inflamed and start leaking fluid. In another type of retinopathy involves abnormal blood vessels growing exactly where they shouldn’t be: on the surface of the retina. The condition affects both eyes at once.
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, reports that ,according to a new study, green tea could play a significant role in helping to prevent retinopathy in diabetics.When tested in rats, green tea protected the retina from glutamate toxicity. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that can damage and destroy nerve cells by over-stimulating them. It was the antioxidants in green tea, including EGCG, which triggered this protective effect.
The fact that Green Tea can prevent Diabetic Retinopathy is great news. It is one more reason to drink Green Tea and who knows what other ways it can help vison? So raise your glass to view the world green.