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New study suggests daily cup of coffee may prevent blindness

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 4:36 PM - Your morning cup of coffee could be doing a lot more for you than providing a caffeine fix. New research out of Cornell University suggests that an antioxidant found in the drink may also be protecting your eyes.

Scientists at Cornell University have identified a chemical that may be able to prevent deteriorating eyesight and potentially blindness due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes.

"Raw coffee is, on average, just 1 percent caffeine, but it contains 7 to 9 percent chlorogenic acid, a strong antioxidant that prevents retinal degeneration in mice," reads a statement on the university's website.

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So far, lab tests conducted on mice have been promising.

Scientists say the next step is to determine whether or not drinking coffee can deliver the antioxidant directly to the retina, a thin layer of tissue on the back wall of the eye.

If that proves to be the case, your doctor may one day recommend drinking coffee along with your daily apple.

 “Coffee is the most popular drink in the world, and we are understanding what benefit we can get from that,” adds lead author Chang Y. Lee.

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The complete paper can be found in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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