We’ve long heard of various other health benefits of green tea, but apparently drinking the stuff might be good for your… eyes? According to a study by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, antioxidants found in green tea may help protect against eye diseases.
Green tea contains catechins, a powerful antioxidant previously known to help cardiovascular help. The study, which was enacted on mice, shows that those catechins are particularly fond of eyes, which could have protective qualities against whatever it is that causes things like glaucoma. Says the LA Times:
Researchers in Hong Kong gave rats green tea extract. The rats were then killed, and their eyes dissected into cornea, lens, retina and other parts. The extract was found in these tissues at various levels. The retina absorbed the highest levels of the catechins.
Yeesh, poor mice, we suppose. We wonder how many more of them need to be dissected before we find out exactly how much green tea we need to drink to get better eyes. While a typical cup of green tea has about 150 to 250 milligrams of catechins, it’s unclear how much must be imbibed to get the effects we want.
Speaking of which, isn’t it ironic that the place where green tea was first harvested has one of the largest populations of young people with poor eyesight (percentage wise)?