How One Drink Could Protect Your Eyesight.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 30, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that green tea could play a significant role in helping to prevent retinopathy in diabetics.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/diabetes-articles/how-one-drink-could-protect-your-eyesight) notes, the association between vision and diabetes is not too well-known, but it’s definitely one to be aware of. Diabetes is a disease primarily caused by insulin resistance, of course, but along with blood sugar problems, diabetes can also affect the retinas of the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, as the condition is called, is the most common reason for blindness in American adults.
As the article “How One Drink Could Protect Your Eyesight” reports, the disease starts by attacking the light-sensitive tissues in the back of the eyes. Blood vessels inside the retinas become inflamed and start leaking fluid. This is one scenario. Another type of retinopathy involves abnormal blood vessels growing exactly where they shouldn’t be: on the surface of the retina. Unfortunately, the condition targets both eyes at once.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that while this eye disease is a huge concern for many diabetics, the good health news in all of this is that researchers have discovered that green tea could play a key role in preventing retinopathy. Green tea is a rich source of the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG.
As the article reports, 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.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by advising its diabetic readers to protect their eyesight by eating lots of healing foods that contain two substances called lutein and zeaxanthin—two carotenoids are found in abundance in fruits and vegetables—in addition to drinking green tea and monitoring blood sugar levels.
(SOURCE: Silva, K.C., et al., “Green tea is neuroprotective in diabetic retinopathy,” Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. February 15, 2013; 54(2): 1,325–36.)
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