Beet Eye Disease!

When I was younger, my grandmother would make delicious red beet soup, which I continue to make to this day. I remember trying to impress my wife by preparing this favorite dish for her when we were dating. Red beets have always been a big part of my garden, and I use the stems and beets as part of salads and for juicing or grilling. I love the taste of red beets, but I never realized how beneficial they are for our health. Lately, more and more nutritionists are discovering that beets are a superfood, offering powerful health and nutritional benefits. This current superfood status of red beets sparked my interest, and I questioned whether they could help in preventing eye disease”?


Let’s look at some of the research.
Studies indicate  that red beets are the richest source of dietary nitrates. It is these dietary nitrates which the body converts into nitric oxide (NO) through good bacteria in the mouth.  That is nitric oxide not nitrous oxide, which is laughing gas! There is a big difference between the two. One wakes you up, and the other puts you to sleep!

Nitric oxide can open up the blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen specifically to places that are lacking oxygen. NO is a molecule that dilates blood vessels, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to fuel every cell in the body. This, in turn, performs the following functions:
*helps regulate blood pressure
*promotes cognitive health
*supplies antioxidant properties
*delivers anti-inflammatory properties
*delivers detoxification propertiesNot only was the treatment beneficial in infections, but also asthma, polio, hepatitis, blood disorders and neurological conditions.
*lowers triglycerides
*enhances stamina via oxygen usage efficiency
*supplies a weapon against infection
*improves digestion
*helps improve ocular function and lower eye pressure

How many beets do you need to eat to have a good therapeutic effect?
This is a good question since red beets vary in size and nitrate content. In addition, the conversion is dependent on digestive enzymes in the mouth and intestinal floral in the intestines. I am suggesting that all my patients make changes in their diet in order to increase the production of nitric oxide.

Is there another option?
I discovered a company which has developed a breakthrough in the nitric oxide delivery system to the body. Their patented  breakthrough in nitric oxide delivery boosts the efficiency of the body’s nitrate pathway so that more nitric oxide is available when and where it is needed. Each lozenge is roughly equivalent to six red beets!

There are two Neogenis products, the Neo40 Daily and the Neo40 Professional.



The Neo40 Daily does not require a prescription, but it has a much lower nitric oxide generating effect. The Neo40 Professional is what I am recommending for all patients who are interested in this powerful adjunctive treatment to restore vision and improve their health. I have been taking the Neo40 Professional now for the past month and have experienced clearer vision, less fatigue, and a drop in blood pressure. I suggest a trial period of three months for my patients to see what effects it has on their vision.

How many beets?
The Neo40 Professional lozenge is approximately equivalent to eating six beets, so taking two lozenges a day is equivalent to eating 12 beets.

To Order Neo40 Professional
You must be an active patient under Dr. Kondrot’s care order the Neo40 Professional.
To Order Neo40 Daily
Prescription not necessary.

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5 Responses to Beet Eye Disease!

  1. Victoria Knaster April 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    I purchased Neo40 from the Neogenis website and saw that it contained magnesium stearate, a toxic excipient that reduces absorption of the ingredients by 90% and causes programmed cell death, according to documented research.

    Because of this, I decided not to take it ( except as a possible emergency measure) and I am drinking beet Kvass (raw cultured beet juice) every day(made by a farm in Pennsylvania) .

    they are poisoning a potentially healthful product!

    • Dr. Edward Kondrot April 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Stearic acid

      Stearic acid, a saturated fat (18:0), has been reported to suppress the action of T-cells. An in vitro (Latin; in glass) study conducted by Tebbey and Buttke demonstrated that T cells lack the enzyme stearoyl-CoA desaturase which precludes them from desaturating 18:0 (stearic acid). Feeding T-cells large amounts of 18:0 may lead to impaired membrane integrity. Such a large feeding of 18:0 to T-cells leads to a loss of membrane potential and loss of cell function and viability.

      This study (Immunology, 1990, 70, 379-384 authors Tebby and Buttke ) has been use by various marketers of dietary supplements to make the claim that stearic acid is toxic and supplements that contain stearic acid are also toxic. Marketers of dietary supplements know that most persons are not trained in toxicology. Toxicology is a field of science that explores the relationship of effects caused by various doses of ingredients to cell and organ function. The in vitro method of testing allows the incorporation of very large doses of substances that may not represent the in vivo (Latin; in live) condition. For example every dietary mineral can be shown to be toxic by in vitro analysis. A scientist can increase potassium to 1000 times its normal amount in cell function by in vitro testing and report the toxic effects of potassium.

      A marketer that elected to use such an in vitro potassium report could claim that “this dietary supplement contains potassium which has been shown to be toxic”. The general observer knows that too much of a mineral will normally cause an imbalance in any living system and that observer is generally not influenced by such a marketer.

      In vitro studies have shown that stearic acid can activate neutrophil function ( Eur J Clin Invest. 2002 Apr ; 32 (4) :285-9 author Wanten ). Because neutrophils circulate in the blood and very quickly migrate into tissues in response to a local invasion by microorganism, does this mean the addition of stearic acid to a dietary supplement will increase immune function? Nutritionists may explore the relationship between dietary intake of stearic and immune function to determine if such an effect is observable. One such study would examine the population of persons that are more resistant to infection and their dietary fat intakes. This is an epidemiological study that looks for a possible finding from early in vitro studies. Should a finding be found to exist the next possible study would be to give individuals or animals measured amounts of stearic acid and measure in vivo immune function markers. Such a study was done by Galdiero (Life Sci 1994; 55 (7) : 499-509 “ Beneficial effects of myristic, stearic or oleic acid as part of liposomes on experimental infection and antitumor effect in a murine model”. Galdeiro was able to demonstrate protection in animals given liposomes containing stearic acid if the animals were given stearic acid three days before experimentially induced infection.

      Cardiovascular studies have shown that (1) stearic acid improves thrombogenic and atherogenic risk factors in healthy males [ Eur J Clin Nutr 2001 Feb; 55 (2) :88-96 , (2) dietary increases of stearic acid does not alter plasma lipids, platelet aggregation or platelet activation status [Eur J Clin Nutr 2002 Jun; 56 (6): 490-9 ] and that (3) dietary stearic acid does not affect in vivo thromboxane A2 or prostacyclin biosynthesis [ Am J Clin Nutr 1994 ( suppl) 1054S-8S).

      The amount of stearic acid or magnesium stearate in a tablet is generally no more than 0.5%. This means that a single 1000 mg tablet would supply 5 mg of stearic acid. In comparison one soft gel of flax seed oil supplies 14 mg of stearic acid. Stearic acid occurs naturally in many plant oils. Most manufactures select a vegetable source grade, generally palm oil, of stearic acid.

      Again, if a marketer uses in vitro science to influence your understanding of what products are beneficial or potential toxic to your patients then you should understand that the marketer does not have a good understanding of nutritional sciences. There is a vast wealth of in vivo studies in the fields of nutrition, toxicology and medicine to draw from for a marketer is present information to you.

  2. janet kemeny April 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    How can I get a copy of the red beet soup recipe? Would love to have it. Sounds delicious! Thanks!

    • Dr. Edward Kondrot May 1, 2014 at 7:20 am #

      Grandma’s Lithuanian Cold Beet Soup Recipe

      2-3 medium to large red beets (about 1 pound)
      4 to 5 peppercorns
      2 medium cucumbers
      2 scallions or 4 chives
      2 hard-boiled eggs
      1 cup organic sour cream
      4 cups organic buttermilk
      bunch of fresh dill
      Clean, trim and peel beets, cover with water and peppercorns and boil until tender.
      While the beets are boiling:
      1. peel cucumbers and chop into small cubes (about 1/2 inch); 
2. peel shells from hard-boiled eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Chop the whites very finely. 
3. Chop the scallions and mash with egg yolks and 1/4 teaspoon salt to release the onion flavor.
      When the beets have finished boiling, remove them from the water and reserve the liquid.
      Cool the boiled beets under cold running water (or pop them into the refrigerator to cool for about an hour).
      When beets have cooled, grate them coarsely.
      In large mixing bowl, add buttermilk to the beet water and blend in sour cream; then add beets, cucumbers, egg whites, egg yolks and onions. Stir until well blended.
      Place in refrigerator to chill. Serve with chopped dill as garnish.

  3. Lucy S. Jones May 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    I have been taking this for a few months and have noticed a couple things. The first thing I noticed was my eye floaters went away. Then I noticed my blood pressure stabilizing. Overall I have better energy and sleep so much better. I really like this product and find it easy to remember to take.

    I like knowing that my overall circulation is being increased to help my whole body. This is really helping me.
    Thanks Dr. Kondrot for your great care and support.

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