Drinking a cup of hot tea every day may help to protect you against glaucoma – a leading cause of blindness according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophtalmology.

The findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2005-6 looked at 10,000 participants who drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, hot and iced tea along with soft drinks over a 12 month basis.

Participants underwent blood tests and physical examinations to determine the data. Researchers found that from the 1,678 participants who had completed eye exam results, within this subgroup, 5.1% had developed glaucoma.

Along with adjusting for smoking habits, diabetes or other risk factors for glaucoma, the researchers found that drinking just one cup of caffeinated hot tea every day was associated with a 74% lower likelihood of developing glacuoma, when comparing to those drinking less or none. Drinking decaf hot tea, caffeinated or decaf coffee, iced tea or soft drinks were not found to affect glaucoma risk however.

While the study observed a correlation, its findings don’t necessarily establish a direct cause and effect relationship between drinking hot tea and glaucoma. The details were also unclear about the type of tea, cup size or brewing time required for best results.

The health benefits of tea are many and include boosted immunity, heart health and even reduced risk of certain cancers in women.

One Recommendation In Particular…

Green tea in particular is recommended because it is a natural source of caffeine. It also contains natural polyphenols, that provide powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. Green tea is approximately 20-45 percent polyphenols by weight, or 60-80 per cent catechins such as EGCG. It is these antioxidants that are reported to help prevent cell damage and could support good eye health.


Recommended Reading

Improving Eye Disease in 30 Days by Robert Redfern – The book shows how to improve your eye health naturally, without the use of drugs and how by taking the right nutrients and following a naturally healthy lifestyle, you can see significant improvements…often in as little as 30 days. Available from Naturally Healthy News.
Turning A Blind Eye™ by Robert Redfern – Discover the 10 steps for improving your eye health naturally. This book is used by professionals in the USA to successfully reverse eye diseases. Available from Good Health Naturally.

Recommended Examples

To support good health, vision and to prevent conditions such as glaucoma, consider adding in these options…

ReVision Formula – Contains bilberry, bupleureum, dandelion root, eyebright, gardenia, gingko biloba and milk thistle in a tincture formula. It helps improve health conditions relating to glaucoma, macular degeneration and floaters by improving blood circulation and stagnation of energy to the eyes. Take 1-2 droppers full, three times a day for the treatment and then 2 times a day for prevention. Available from Good Health Naturally. 
MaxiFocus Sublingual Spray – Take 12 sprays daily. Supports healthy cells in the eye and body. Available from Good Health Naturally.
Serranol™ – SerraEnzyme Serrapeptase, Curcuminx4000, Ecklonia Cava (Seanol) and Vitamin D3. Take 2 capsules x 3 times per day, 30 mins before eating a meal with water, and reduce to 1 x 3 after a good relief.

These ingredients support eye health by providing better eye circulation, due to the serrapeptase clearing inflammation.

Curcumin contains anti-inflammatory herbs that stimulate glutathione to protect the cells and the tissue from inflammation, while modulating the immune system. Available from Good Health Naturally. 

HealthPoint™ – Stimulates the appropriate MicroCurrent stimulation points. Stimulates ATP and cellular regeneration and has been shown in studies to improve the overall improvement of eye health. Treatments per day for the first 2-4 weeks and once per day thereafter. Available from Good Health Naturally.
Alpha Lipoic-Acid-‘R’ – A network antioxidant that supports eye health, repairs oxidative damage, regenerate other antioxidants and chelate excess metals. Take 1 capsule, two times a day. Available from Good Health Naturally. 
The Krill Miracle – Contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils that support protection of cell membranes, stabilization of blood sugar levels and protection for cell membranes. Take 1 capsule, 2 times daily. Available from Good Health Naturally.