When I talk about the many health benefits of tea, I usually expostulate on how it helps our insides (i.e. tea can aid the immune system, may help boost metabolism, and could help reduce the risk of myriad different diseases). This is because the human body so readily absorbs so many of the catechins, the uber-healthy antioxidants, found naturally and abundantly in tea.
However, according to a new study released in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, this absorption is also true for these catechins in other ways. When seeing how readily the tissue found in and around the eye, scientists believe that tea’s alimentative effects can be absorbed by the body in many different ways.
The research suggests that, because it is absorbed so well, certain applications of tea may help protect the delicate tissues of the eye from glaucoma and other eye diseases. Even more exciting, the studies seem to conclude that this antioxidant activity could last up to 20 hours after the application of tea!
That being said, before any of my wonderful readers go pouring their scalding cups of tea onto their eagerly opened eyes, I’d wait for industry to catch up to science to provide an effective product that is slightly more applicable to the task. Let’s keep an eye out for that!