You may have heard that carrots help you see better, but is this really true? Optometrists say that carrots can't actually improve your eyesight. However, carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is very good for your eye health and therefore eating carrots and other beta-carotene rich foods is definitely recommended for maintaining eye health.
Beta-carotene is an orange colored pigment (carotenoid) that converts into vitamin A after it's digested in the body. Vitamin A helps to guard the cornea, or surface of the eye, and has been shown 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 frequency of eye infections and other infectious diseases. Vitamin A is also known to be an effective solution for dry eye syndrome as well as other eye disorders. A deficiency of vitamin A (which is exist more in underdeveloped countries) often causes night blindness, corneal ulcers and retinal damage which can contribute to complete blindness.
There are two forms of vitamin A, which depend upon the food source they come from. Vitamin A originating from an animal is called Retinol and can be found in foods such as beef, chicken liver, or dairy products. Vitamin A that is fruit and vegetable-derived exists in the form of ''provitamin A'' carotenoids, which break down to retinol after the nutrients are absorbed. In addition to carrots, carotenoids are ingested when eating colorful fruits and vegetables such as oranges, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and cantaloupes.
It is proven that vitamin A contributes to the health of your eyes and your total well being. Even though carrots themselves can't correct optical distortion which causes near or far-sightedness, mother had it right when she advised ''eat your vegetables.''