Carrots and eyesight

carrotWe’ve all been told by our parents to eat carrots for our eyes.  Bugs Bunny was used as a good example for carrot eating.  Are carrots really a way to promote eye health?  Certainly carrots are healthy and will not hinder our eyesight, but do they have the power to improve eye health?

Vitamin A is necessary for good eye health and  for night vision and carrots do contain vitamin A.  One of the first signs of a deficiency in vitamin A is the reduced ability to see at night.  Lack of vitamin A can also cause your eyes to be dry from lack of lubricant.   In addition to carrots you need to eat a well balanced diet.  Eating a diet with sufficient iron, vitamin A and other provitamins  (substances the body converts to vitamins) is required for eye health.

In addition to vitamin A carrots contain lutein which helps provide protection against macular degeneration which can lead to blindness.  It also helps avoid cataracts.

Carrots yellow color is a result of its beta carotene.  Carrots have more of this essential agent than any other fruit or vegetable.  Beta carotene improves vision by helping in the synthesis of vitamin A production.  The risk of cataract development is reduced by the beta carotene.

Another ingredient in carrots is chlorine.  Chlorine s used to  cleanse the liver which helps eliminate bile and fats.  The liver is the organ that converts beta carotene into vitamin A and as we know the vitamin A is vital for our eye health.  A well functioning liver will contribute greatly to properly functioning eyes.

Eating carrots will not reverse or improve poor eyesight if you already have it.  It may, however, help you to see better, longer if your eyes are now still normal.

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