What is the effect of vitamin A on arthritis?

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Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Vitamin A and beta-carotene are also important antioxidants that help prevent or counteract arthritis and inflammation. Betacarotene is one of the carotenoids, antioxidant compounds that occur naturally in plants and give fruits and vegetables their color. People with low blood levels of beta-carotene have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. This suggests that betacarotene plays a role in maintaining joint health. The Framingham study showed that people who consumed more than 9,000 IU of beta-carotene daily had a reduced risk of arthritis development and progression, compared to those who consumed less than 5,000 IU.
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