Studies have found out that drinking a cup of hot tea at least once a day reduces the risk of Glaucoma in a person. Glaucoma is one of the main cause of blindness in the world.
Glaucoma is an eye disease which results in the damaging of the optic nerve and results in vision loss. It damages the optic nerve by forming a fluid pressure inside the eye. Currently, the disease effects 57.5 million people worldwide, as per reports, and the count is expected to surge to 65.5 million by 2020.
The research, which was published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, compared people who consumed tea and those who did not, and noted that those who consumed tea at least once a day had lower risk of Glaucoma than those who did not drink tea.
The research’s lead study author, Anne Coleman, said that the new findings have shown that lifestyle changes can also prevent vision loss from Glaucoma.
The researchers said, “Further research is needed to establish the importance of these findings.”
The researchers referred to data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), situated in the United States, which represents annual survey of about 10,000 people to study the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the country.
The survey also included tests for Glaucoma, in which 5 percent adults out of 1,678 participants had developed the disease.
The researchers found that hot tea drinkers had 74 per cent less chances of suffering from Glaucoma.
This is because tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective chemicals which are associated with a lower risk of serious health conditions including heart diseases, cancer and diabetes.