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A recent HealthyAnswers.com health alert reported that research out of Russia and Italy has shown that, carnosine, an antioxidant, may be all thats needed to dissolve cataracts, improve vision, and prevent unnecessary surgery. The Russian research goes back a few decades ago when researchers Mark Babizhavev, et al [Efficacy of N-acetylcarnosine in the treatment of cataracts, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12001824 started to look at carnosine as a potential treatment for cataracts. Carnosine was already known as a powerful antioxidant that prevented free radical damage in the body, but researchers wondered if it could be of even more benefit if it could be delivered to the eyes directly.
HealthyAnswers.com further related that initial attempts to deliver carnosine directly to the eyes were not very successful as there was a water/oil resistance in the eyes absorbing it. However, after researchers added an acetyl-based carrier to the carnosine, n-acetyl carnosine was created. This mixture was then able to be absorbed into the aqueous humor of the eyes where it then went to work on dissolving cataracts. In the preliminary studies, patients with varying degrees of cataract from mild to severe senile types, were treated with the n-acetyl carnosine for 6 months. The results were nothing short of astounding with 90% achieving improvement in visual acuity, 88.9% had improvement in glare sensitivity, and 41.5% had improvement in light transmission through the lens. The placebo group showed no change or had deterioration.
HealthyAnswers.com resident expert Mark Rosenberg, M.D., adds more detail, I like to keep up on the latest research to be able to help my patients. When I first read the Russian study, I was intrigued at the possibilities. I also learned that a few years ago in 2009, researchers out of the University of Catania in Sicily had similar results. In their study, [Francesco Attanasio, et al, Protective Effects of L- and D-Carnosine on alpha-Crystallin Amyloid Fibril Formation: Implications for Cataract Disease. Biochemistry, 2009, 48 (27), pp 6522%u20136531 DOI: 10.1021/bi900343n], lab animals were allowed to develop cataracts. The animals were then treated with carnosine which resulted in reversal of the cataracts, restoring clarity to the animal lenses. It was exciting to know that other researchers had similar results and I looked further into n-acetyl carnosine eye drops. I found that there are several companies who make the drops. Reading all their patient testimonial and success stories was amazingly encouraging.
Read HealthyAnswers entire article on n-acetyl carnosine and cataracts here.
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