Some people simply cannot help but repeat the old claim that carrots are good for your eyes, and with good reason. That’s because carrots really are good for your eyes, however, the claim does date back many many years to pilots of the British Royal Airforce during WWII and is valid under certain conditions.
The fast explanation is carrots are loaded with beta carotene which the body converts into a form of retinal Vitamin A which is key for maintaining vision. If you’re not deficient in Vitamin A, however, those beta carotene-filled carrots will not give you better vision.
So, does beta carotene help eyesight? People who suffer from nutritional deficiencies or other issues such as alcoholism or malabsorption issues, on the other hand, will benefit from eating carrots.
Just because you’re not suffering from a deficiency doesn’t mean you should avoid carrots. According to a study by the National Eye Institute, having additional beta carotene (along with Vitamins C, E and Zinc) can be beneficial for people suffering age-related eye issues such as macular degeneration.
Not fond of carrots but wanna keep your peepers healthy? Wondering what foods improve eyesight naturally?
Instead of munching on Bugs Bunny’s favorite snack, Medical News Today suggests eating things like nuts, fish, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruit, sweet potatoes and eggs, which are also filled with all that nutritional beta carotene needed for healthy eyes.