Thursday, February 18, 2010

EgCG For Eye Health? You Bet!

In the Washington Time article titled "Scientists add to menu of health foods" the following is reported:

"Green tea, long a favorite of the health conscious, has newly realized benefits, according to new findings released Wednesday.

The mild beverage, in fact, could protect the eye against glaucoma and other eye disease, says research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

"Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea — renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties — do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases," the publication said.

A team from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong confirmed "beyond a doubt" that eye structures absorbed catechins, or antioxidants, reducing harmful "oxidative stress" in the eye for up to 20 hours."

That is some very good news. Want to experience the benefits? Be sure you choose a fully documented, pharmaceutical grade EgCG Green Tea extract.