Study: Drinking Coffee Can Help Prevent Eye Disease

The health benefits are starting to become obvious. One of the reasons I decided to get into the business of coffee.

CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Scientist say coffee has another positive health benefit.

A daily cup of coffee can help prevent deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging, and diabetes.

According to a study from Cornell University, raw coffee is just 1 percent caffeine on average, but it contains 7 to 9 percent chlorogenic acid. CLA is a strong antioxidant that prevents retinal degeneration in mice.

The retina is a layer at the back of the eyeball containing cells that are sensitive to light and that trigger never impulses that pass via the optic nerve to the brain, where a visual image is formed.

Researchers treated mice eyes with nitric oxide, which created oxidative stress and free radicals.  This treatment lead to retinal degenerations but mice pretreated with CLA developed no retinal damage.

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