About Hot Tea and Glaucoma
If you tell a friend you have glaucoma, 99 times out of 100 they’ll ask, “What’s that?” Or grunt disapprovingly. “I have a mortgage to pay. Why talk about this unpleasant stuff today?”
But glaucoma is far worse than paying a mortgage: it causes damage to the optic nerve that ultimately leads to loss of vision. And that’s a one-way street. Is it rare? Not particularly – 1.9% of the North American population has it. It’s also often seen in combination with diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure (especially intraocular).
It was previously believed that coffee contributed to glaucoma, but now they’ve discovered that it’s fine if taken in moderation. Scientists in Los Angeles compared hot tea, decaf tea, iced tea, coffee, and all kinds of soft drinks in this regard, and there’s no risk of going blind. However, there’s also no evidence that it will improve your vision. But here’s the interesting part…
10 years ago, a huge study was done on differing audiences of the varied effects of food and drink. It was discovered that those who drink hot tea daily are 74% less likely to suffer from glaucoma than non-drinkers, even with other factors considered (coffee, cigarettes, diabetes, etc.). There was no connection to glaucoma in any of the other drinks, except hot tea.
How serious of a find is this? Maybe your mortgage payment is more important. Scientists were up-front about it, though – it’s too early to talk about cause and effect, but a correlation exists. And there’s no data on what type of tea were these lucky people drinking, and how much. Is there a difference between cheap Lipton packets and expensive Earl Grey?
So let’s just agree that hot tea has an inexplicable but positive effect on the aging of cells.