An ancient berry may be a powerful tool in protecting eyes from diabetes-related vision loss, according to new cellular research.
Scientists from the University of Sydney discovered that a compound found in the goji berry, called taurine, may be able to protect the eye’s retina from diabetic retinopathy. The condition occurs when glucose levels in the eye increase, thereby causing retina cells to die, explained Basil Roufogalis, a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Sydney.
“Typically what happens is proteins in the eye become oxidated and high glucose levels force retinal cells to die,” Roufogalis said in a statement. “What’s more, blood vessels build up in the retina and grow over the vision spot, which can result in vision loss.”