Drinking coffee may prevent age-related blindness … New research shows
Some Researcher at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, have revealed their new findings that daily consumption of coffee teamed with a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables, have a protective effect on the eye and can ward off AMD in the elderly, and Their findings revealed a significant reduction in risk in those who ate a Mediterranean diet, particularly among those who consumed more fruit and caffeine. Experts at the University of Coimbra in Portugal studied 883 people aged 55 and older. They found that among those who closely followed the diet, 39 percent went on to develop AMD,
in comparison to half of those who did not stick to the diet. Study author Dr Rufino Silva said coffee was a key, yet underestimated, element of the so-called Mediterranean diet, and participants who drank “high levels” of coffee –78mg a day, the equivalent of one shot of espresso – were far less likely to suffer vision disease. Added that Just 45 per cent of those who drank this amount a day went on to develop AMD compared with 55 per cent of those who did not. While caffeine is not considered part of the Mediterranean diet, consumption of foods containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea is common in such countries, and The researchers opted to look at caffeine because it is a powerful antioxidant also known to be protective against other conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Dr David Allamby, a laser eye surgeon and medical director at London’s Focus Clinic, said: “While the debate rages about the positives and negatives of coffee, this latest research is not surprising, saying that “A cup of coffee is typically full of nutrients, such as pantothenic acid, vitamin B2, potassium and manganese, while it’s also a powerful antioxidant.