Coffee compound linked to protection of eyesight, prevention of retinal damage and blindness: study

May 7, 2014

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National Post | News

A daily cup of coffee may prevent deteriorating eyesight and the possibility of blindness, a Cornell University study reported Wednesday.

Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study describes how coffee contains a chemical compound called chlorogenic acid (CLA makes up 7%-9% of the average beverage, compared to 1% caffeine). CLA, in turn, is an antioxidant that has shown it can prevent retinal degeneration in mice.

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THE CLAIM: Coffee is a diuretic (meaning, it dehydrates you)

The notion that you have to drink an extra glass of water for every cup of coffee you drink is one of the most persistent urban legends in nutrition. We’re talking Sasquatch territory here. The origin of this pseudo-myth comes from early studies — dating as far back as 1928 — suggesting that giving people a single dose of…

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