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Beta Carotene Helps Those With RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa)!

Updated on May 19, 2012
Retinitis pigmentosa usually begins in childhood!
Retinitis pigmentosa usually begins in childhood!

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP): Get Help With Beta Carotene

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a series of genetic diseases of the eye that leads to night blindness, and then to tunnel vision and ultimately, blindness (in some form). Progression of the disease varies from case to case, but normally begins in childhood.

Now a study has revealed that beta carotene, an inactive form of Vitamin A, can help those with retinitis pigmentosa in 33% of the cases studied.

Participants in the study received 9-cis beta-carotene and were evaluated before the study began and 90 days after receiving treatment.

33% of those who supplemented with beta carotene had improvement with their vision!

Carrots are loaded with beta carotene... but you need to discuss with your doctor, the amount of beta carotene you need to take if you have retinitis pigmentosa.
Carrots are loaded with beta carotene... but you need to discuss with your doctor, the amount of beta carotene you need to take if you have retinitis pigmentosa.

Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a terrible disease and anything that helps should be taken seriously.

The study was conducted by Dr. Ygal Rotensteich and revealed at 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Joint Meeting, in Illinois.

Dr. Rotensteich stated, "We recommend repeating the study with patients with the genetic forms of RP that would be most likely to respond to oral beta carotene," He continued, "We know its positive effect is associated with retinoid cycle defect, which is involved in some but not all forms of RP. Also, future research should look for the optimal beta carotene dosage."

We sincerely hope he continues with this most valuable research!

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.


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      Fiddleman 

      7 years ago

      My son, now 34 has been taking Vitamin A which he buys at a local food co-op. They recommend the type made from Palmitate. His RP has progressed to advanced stages but we are still hopeful one day he may recover his sight. There are several exciting studies which have proven effective.

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