A new study shows a link between hot tea and a lower risk of glaucoma but according to experts, there’s no evidence found which will prove that a cuppa will protect you from the condition.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. The condition occurs when fluid builds up in the eyeball. It is leading cause of blindness and if it’s not treated it can lead to loss of vision.
A new research suggests that drinking a nice warm cup of tea a day may be linked to a significantly lower risk of developing the serious eye disease, glaucoma.
Currently, nearly 57.5 million people are thought to have the condition around that world. Many people are unaware they have the condition which might be lowered by drinking hot tea daily. The disease can even affect babies and children.
US’s researchers explained how they assessed data of nationwide health and nutrition survey from 2005-2006 along with the results of 1,678 participants’ eye examination aged 40 or over. They found that total 84 participants were suffering from glaucoma with diabetes.
The researchers say that tea contains some plant chemicals such as flavonoids and other antioxidants which provide a protective effect. In addition to the benefit, they also suggest that adding that caffeinated tea might be richer in antioxidants than decaffeinated tea.
But they also explain that the study totally does not prove that whether drinking hot tea actually lowers the risk of glaucoma.
“Absolutely nothing is proven or even strongly evidenced – there are all sorts of things wrong with it,” said Melanie Hingorani from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists urged caution.
Naveed Sattar, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow suggest that drinking sugarless-tea is absolutely beneficial it is a very low-calorie drink and it also helps to prevent glaucoma condition.