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Coffee may help keep eyes healthy

Coffee May Help Keep Eyes Healthy: Study

Good news for coffee drinkers: it might improve your eyesight, and not just by keeping them open.

A team of food scientists discovered that a strong antioxidant can help prevent retinal degeneration. The retina is a thin layer of tissue made up of light-sensitive cells that need a lot of oxygen to stay strong.

Nature World News explains the researchers "...treated mice eyes with nitric oxide, which causes oxidative stress and free radicals, leading to retinal degeneration. Mice in the test group that were treated with the antioxidant developed no retinal generation."

Previous studies also suggest coffee cuts the risk of eye diseases that usually develop with age as well as prostate cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's.

But it's not just your health that can improve with a moderate dose of caffeine.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggest it can result in better morals as well.

In a release from the study's authors, one professor said, "Our research shows that sleep deprivation contributes to unethical behavior at work by making you more susceptible to social influences, such as a boss who tells you to do something deceptive or unethical. Caffeine can help you resist by strengthening your self-control and willpower when you're exhausted."

If this doesn't boost Starbuck's quarterly profits, we don't know what will.

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mrsilverglide May 08 2014 at 6:57 PM

A key question is whether the mice were given lattes or capucinnos or what... and did the mice generally enjoy a Chesterfield or some other quality tobacco product while they drank their coffee...

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legacykwst May 08 2014 at 11:34 AM

My mom, who drank black coffee her whole life, still got both glaucoma & macular degeneration in her 60s. Glaucoma has a genetic relationship & if it is present in both parents, the odds are very high that the child will ultimately contract glaucoma & they now know that they know less about it than they thought that they did. The retinal cells were thought to cup due to eye pressure, but with new technology they are finding that the cells can cup with low pressure. The key to how long one retains sight is the abundance of retinal cells. If you have lots of cells to lose, you'll lose your vision more slowly.

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PastorLarryB legacykwst May 09 2014 at 10:42 AM

Thanks so much for sharing your family information, this totally settled the dilemma in my heart, thanks.

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mariamalfermo May 08 2014 at 11:26 AM

How about Oren's Daily Roast in NYC!!!!

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mariamalfermo May 08 2014 at 11:26 AM

Any coffee but Starbucks, please!

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Bodacious Beauty May 08 2014 at 11:23 AM

Hip hip hooray for coffee. I just love it.

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nevadabeautyteam May 08 2014 at 11:13 AM

zip your way to 20/20. what a crock

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William Marr May 08 2014 at 11:08 AM

Wow, where's the nearest Starbucks?

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franklinokolo May 08 2014 at 11:01 AM

I knew it. Give me my Joe!

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edmirk8 May 08 2014 at 10:57 AM

if ya think about it, it increases your metabolism too, which reduces your weight, which lowers your blood pressure, which lowers your stress levels, etc. it does make sense.

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Ginny May 08 2014 at 10:55 AM

MMMM Coffeeeeeeeeeee! I just love my coffee :)

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