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Retinitis pigmentosa (RF) nutrition recommendations

RF is a genetic disorder, so if someone in your family has been diagnosed, consider yourself at high risk. More than 80,000 patients in the U.S. are currently coping with this debilitating disease. 

The first symptom is poor night vision. After that, peripheral vision begins to narrow, and some RF patients eventually lose their sight completely. Those who don’t will spend their later years with significantly impaired vision. 

What can you do? 

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet light.

Increase your intake of vitamin A and lutein, both are antioxidants ( 15,000 IU of vitamin A daily and 12 milligrams of lutein daily). 

In one study results showed a significant slowing of vision decline with the combination of vitamin A and lutein. 

Lutein is well known for supporting general vision health and helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration–the primary cause of blindness in people over the age of 50.  Lutein might be a vision-saver when it comes to staring at your computer monitor. 
Chinese researchers found that 12 mg of lutein daily improved visual function and contrast sensitivity in subjects with long-term exposure to computer monitor screens. 

There’s how to get lutein in your diet. Eat large amounts of  spinach, avocado, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, celery, oranges, and eggs. 

The supplement I recommend is called I-Sight by Xymogen. Call 800-647-6100 to order.
 

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