Green Tea May Prevent and Heal Eye Ailments Including Glaucoma

by Matthew Burgess on March 30, 2010

The antioxidants in green tea are known to prevent cancer and promote good heart health, but a study has just been published that shows that green tea has the potential to heal eye ailments, like glaucoma.

According to the LA Times Booster Shots blog (Study: Green tea could heal glaucoma), researchers in Hong Kong have found that the healthy compounds in green tea called catechins are absorbed readily by the eye as by other parts of the body. The highest concentration of catechins were found in the retina. While this study was conducted on mice, further research will be needed to determine the exact amount of green tea needed to boost eye health in humans.

The science is in its earliest stages, but it seems quite likely that the eye can benefit just as much from green tea as your body can overall.

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Lynn April 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I’m not surprised that research is unveiling more benefits of green tea. I love green tea and try to drink a few cups everyday. Hey, with these new findings, I may be able to loose the eyeglasses for good one day. :>)

Is it true that matcha powder has more antioxidants than green tea leaves? Would this also be true for the culinary-grade matcha?

admin April 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Lynn, as far as I know, matcha powder does have greater levels of antioxidants than leaf teas. Take a look at these other articles:

What Is An Antioxidant?


Why is Green Tea Good For You?

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