Retinitis Pigmentosa Treatments

Adults with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) should take 15,000 IU vitamin A supplement daily. Studies show’s vitamin ‘A’ supplement helps to slow down the progression of RP by 20%.

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Another study shows adults with RP should avoid taking high doses of vitamin E supplements. It shows that the disease progress faster in patients on 400 IU vitamin E supplement daily.

Adults interested in vitamin A supplementation should first:

  • Consult eye care professional regarding vitamin A supplementation.
  • If people have liver disease or abnormally high level of vitamin A in blood, they will need to adjust their vitamin A intake.
  • Take vitamin A palmitate instead of beta-carotene, because beta-carotene (natural precursor of vitamin A) breaks down differently by each person.
  • Have balanced diet, without showing interest, especially in vitamin A.
  • Avoid taking high dose of vitamin E supplements.

People will make a common mistake of thinking that vitamin A supplementation in excess (more than recommended 15,000 IU) will provide greater benefits. In excess of 25,000 IU of vitamin A, taken for a long time can be toxic and may cause liver disease.

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