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Ingredient in green tea may help protect eyes

April 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Green tea is known for its disease fighting antioxidants, but it may also help protect your eyes, according to a new study. The study finds that an ingredient in green tea may penetrate eye tissue and help protect against glaucoma and other eye diseases.

Researchers looked at the eye tissue of rats. Rats that drank green tea had elevated levels of catechins, which helped reduce harmful stress in their eyes. The results lasted up to 20 hours.

The findings are published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.