Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have perfect eyesight? Carrots can help.
You could read the whiteboard from the back of the room, and you could watch TV without any squinting. Eye surgery is expensive and painful. Contacts make your eyes red and are uncomfortable, and glasses are just plain ugly. Although some people say it’s a myth, others say that carrots do indeed improve your vision.
According to Dr Amy Chow, O.D, an eye doctor at Cupertino Family Eye Care Center, carrots can improve your eyesight. They contain beta carotene, which is turned into vitamin A by the liver. The vitamin A is absorbed by retinal cells in the eyes so you can see. “There are some ways to prevent decreasing vision,” says Dr Chow, she also says to not read in the dark, keep all reading material an arms length away, and to not over read. Keeping your body healthy and fit is also one of the best preventions you can get. Every one’s genetics are different, and that is why some people have bad vision and some don’t. Also, eating too many carrots, or too many of anything can be dangerous, so don’t overdose.
On WorldwideHealth.com, it tells you some other nutrients even more important than vitamin A to help you see well. According to this website, foods high in chromium, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, selenium, glutathione, and Ginkgo Biloba will improve your vision.
Some foods high in chromium include beef, liver, eggs, chicken, oysters, wheat germ, green peppers, apples, bananas, and spinach. For vitamin C, orange juice is not the best way to go. Go with chili peppers, sweet peppers, kale, parsley, collard, turnip greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and strawberries. For lutein and zeaxanthin, eat dark leafy greens, corn, nectarines, oranges, papaya, and squash. For zinc, consume oysters, red meat, and other poultry. Fish, red meant, grains, eggs, chicken, liver, garlic, brewer’s yeast, and wheat germ are high in selenium. Garlic, eggs, asparagus, onions, watermelon, and grapefruit are high in glutathione. Lastly, eating herbs from a ginkgo tree will give you ginkgo biloba.
The Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute also says that carrots will improve your sight because of the vitamin A, which is essential for vision. Carrots aren’t the only food with vitamin A. Milk, cheese, eggs, yolk, and liver are also high in vitamin A.
Also, the clinic implies that, unlike Dr Chow, reading in the dark and watching TV from close up will NOT worsen your sight; it will just give you a headache. However, staring into the sun will indeed weaken your vision. The clinic also tells that if you experience slight blurriness in your vision for the first time, go to the eye doctor right away, because if it is detected early enough, you can correct, stop, or slow down your loss of vision.
On the other hand, Snopes.com declares that carrots and eyesight is just another urban legend. They state that carrots do not improve vision. Too much vitamin A can be toxic, just like any other nutrient.
Also, if you search up this issue on here, there will be lots if disagreement about this. You will find lots of answers saying that carrots do improve vision, and answers saying that carrots do not improve vision.
Evidently, there are lots of different opinions about this topic. Most experts agree that carrots make your vision better, but some do not. You may have not been blessed with 20/20 eyesight, but a dose of carrots might just do the trick.