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Do carrots help us see in the dark?

Do carrots really help us see. What is in them that helps our eyes?

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Carrots can help us maintain healthy eyesight, however, if you already have healthy eyesight, they won’t do anything to improve it. Carrots contain high amounts of beta carotene. Beta carotene is a compound that is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is the most important vitamin for eyesight. It is absorbed by the retina to transfer the light collected by the eye into electrical impulses that are sent to the brain to give us the sensation of sight. Along with the vitamin A provided by carrots, it is also important to eat foods that contain vitamin C, chromium, zinc, selenium, glutathione, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These nutrients can be obtained from the following foods.

Chromium – eggs, chicken, beef, oysters, apples, bananas, spinach
Vitamin C – citrus, peppers, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, greens (collard, turnip, mustard)
Lutein and zeaxanthin – corn, squash, papaya, nectarines, dark greens, oranges
Zinc – beef, chicken, oysters
Selenium – beef, fish, eggs, chicken, wheat germ
Glutathione – eggs, asparagus, onions, garlic, grapefruit, watermelon

In addition to carrots, you can also receive adequate amounts of vitamin A from dairy products, eggs, and liver.

As you can see, our vision requires a lot of nutrition to work properly. Besides all the nutrients, to make sure you have the best sight possible, always use proper lighting when reading or concentrating on something you must look at. Don’t use too much lighting, though. Staring at bright lights or the sun are both sure ways to destroying your vision. It is also important to get regular checkups. If detected early enough, many problems with vision can be fixed by a doctor.

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