Retinitis Pigmentosa is a vision stealing chronic illness that is grouped together with many other chronic eye diseases of the retina. Those individuals who have been diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa experience night vision loss in their adolescence years, then begin to begin to lose peripheral vision and later in life they lose central vision.
Johns Hopkins studied and conducted tests to understand how oxidative stress played a role in the death of rods and cones in the eye and the use of antioxidants to combat damage in cone cell density. Using mice and injections of antioxidants they found that there was considerable cell protection to the cones in the eye supporting that antioxidants play a key role in protection from oxidative stress and the preservation of cones function.
In another study done by Harvard Medicine identification pointed to nutritional deficiencies of Vitamin A and Omega 3’s where Retinitis Pigmentosa was present. In their article they reported, “Findings of controlled trials indicate that nutritional interventions, including vitamin A palmitate and omega-3-rich fish, slow progression of disease in many patients.” There is strong evidence that points to the potential benefit from nutritional and botanical interventions for the prevention and treatment several chronic eye disease that include Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinopathy in newborns as well as Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Science continues to show us that oxidative stress, chronic eye diseases and the use of antioxidants are beneficial to the body as way to help reduce cell damage. Treatment of chronic illnesses and high antioxidants shows great promise as an alternative to those who may be seeking a natural path to better health. Of course consuming as many antioxidants as you possibly can each day is a key factor but if you don’t have time to eat right or cannot eat right you should consider supplementing your diet with raw organic chocolate.Sources: Harvard – Retinitis Pigmentosa Natural therapies for the retina Clinicals using Vitamin A & E Johns Hopkins antioxidants reduce cell cone death