Coffee May Help Eyesight
Study: Antioxidant keeps retinas healthy
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2014 5:34 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Add this to the good-for-you, bad-for-you debate over coffee: A new study out of Cornell suggests that it might help keep your eyes healthy, reports Syracuse.com. Specifically, an antioxidant in coffee called chlorogenic acid, or CLA, staves off retinal degeneration in mice, reports Nature World News. In humans, that malady is brought on by glaucoma, aging, and diabetes.

"Coffee is the most popular drink in the world, and we are understanding what benefit we can get from that," says lead author Chang Y. Lee of Cornell. Mice that had been treated with CLA showed no sign of retinal damage even after being exposed to nitric oxide, which speeds up the degenerative process. The next step is to determine whether coffee delivers CLA directly to the retina, reports AFP. If so, scientists might be able to tailor a specific brew for the eyes. (Click to read about another recent study that found coffee's reputation for dehydration is exaggerated.)

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skoony
May 12, 2014 11:23 AM CDT
don't believe this, it is a trap to get you to drink more coffee. coffee contains caffeine a neurotoxin similar to nicotine. nicotine is found in those deadly e-cigs which have the flavoring to ensnare our youth into a life time of using combustible tobacco. then they will die horribly. so please dont die horribly.don't even smell the coffee brewing. that deadly caffeine will get into your body and breast milk, poisoning your babies just like those awful e-cigs. so be reasonable.make them prove coffee is 100% safe for you drink it,and safe enough to be within 14 miles of it if you don't. oh,and get the FDA involved.
T V
May 11, 2014 1:50 AM CDT
Except mice do not use computers and stare at smartphones almost all day (part of my job). I've been drinking coffee for over 25+ years and my eyesight is going - I call BS on this one!!!
Coffee Lovers
May 8, 2014 5:42 PM CDT
What made coffee good for our eyes is not the caffeine in it but the chlorogenic acid that serves as antioxidant and prevents retinal degeneration. However, let us be careful in our way of drinking coffee because no matter how beneficial it is in our eyes yet we are using too much sugar, for sure our eyes still have no protection because of the effect of sugar.