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The Truth About the Eye Health Benefits of Eating Carrots

Do carrots really enhance your eyesight? While eye doctors affirm that carrots are made up of significant amounts of a vitamin which is known to be very good for the eyes, carrots can not replace suitable corrective eye care.

Beta-carotene is an orange colored pigment (carotenoid) that changes into vitamin A after it's digested in the body. Vitamin A helps to protect the surface of the eye (cornea) and has been proven to be preventative for certain eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Vitamin A, a group of antioxidant compounds, guards the surface of the eye to decrease the risk of eye infections as well as other infectious illnesses. Vitamin A is also known to be a successful solution for dry eyes and other eye conditions. A deficiency of this important vitamin (which tends to exist more in poor and developing countries) is known to cause night blindness, corneal ulcers and retinal damage which can contribute to blindness.

There are two forms of vitamin A, which depend upon the nutritional source from which they come. Vitamin A derived from an animal is called Retinol and can be found in foods such as beef, liver, or dairy products. Vitamin A that is obtained from produce comes in the form of ''provitamin A'' carotenoids, which convert to retinol after the food is digested. In addition to carrots, carotenoids can be found in colorful produce particularly those that are bright orange or green in color.

It is proven that vitamin A contributes to the health of your eyes and your total health. Although carrots won't fix vision impairments, mother had it right when she said ''eat your vegetables.''