Researchers say that a daily cup of hot tea may reduce the risk for glaucoma, a disease in which a buildup of fluid in the eye can damage the optic nerve and lead to gradual vision loss, TODAYonline reports.
The British Journal of Ophthalmology published the study, which included 1,678 participants.
Researchers used photographs of the optic disc and other diagnostic techniques and recorded instances of glaucoma in 2005 and 2006, then correlated them with reports of beverage consumption over the previous year.
Adjusting for age, body mass index, sex, ethnicity, smoking and diabetes, they found that people who drank at least a cup of hot tea a day were 74 percent less likely to have glaucoma.
The researchers found no association with soft drinks, iced tea, decaffeinated tea or with coffee, decaffeinated or not.
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