Possible Vision Health Benefits of Coffee
If you are like many, your morning coffee is a necessary part of your daily routine. It gets you going and ready to face your day. But, a new study indicates it may also have a positive effect on eye health. Cornell University found that a main ingredient in raw coffee – chlorogenic acid, or CLA – may protect against deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging or diabetes.
To conduct the study, researchers treated mice eyes with nitric oxide, which creates oxidative stress and free radicals, leading to retinal degeneration. However, mice eyes pretreated with CLA developed no retinal damage. Scientists involved with the study believe the next step is to determine if drinking coffee facilitates CLA crossing the blood-retinal barrier membrane. In addition, if future studies find CLA effective in preventing retinal damage, synthetic compounds could be developed and delivered with eye drops.
Of course, there’s still a lot of research to be conducted, but it might just turn out that cup of morning joe may help more that anyone knew!
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Source: American Optometric Association