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Carrots, Vitamin A, and Your Eyes

POSTED ON January 8, 2013

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I spend a fair amount of time discussing Eye Health with people at local health fairs. Everyone always asks: Are carrots actually good for your eyes, or was my mom lying?Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a strongly colored red-orange pigment that is abundant in plants, fruits, and veggies. It gives carrots their rich, unique color. When your body ...

I spend a fair amount of time discussing Eye Health with people at local health fairs. Everyone always asks: Are carrots actually good for your eyes, or was my mom lying?

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a strongly colored red-orange pigment that is abundant in plants, fruits, and veggies. It gives carrots their rich, unique color. When your body processes the beta-carotene, it turns one molecule of beta-carotene into two molecules of vitamin A. Later, the pro-vitamin A is converted to retinol by the body. Beta carotene is one of the most prevalent and effective pro-vitamin A carotenoids.  Vitamin A helps protect the surface of the eye, decreases the chance of macular degeneration, and prolongs vision in people with retinitis pigmentosa.

Simply eating carrots isn’t enough to give you the best possible eye health.  Eye health needs to be approached holistically. Visiting your Indiana Eye doctor once a year will ensure that everything is covered. Dr Tavel has convenient evening and weekend hours to fit your busy schedule. Don’t take chances when it comes to sight.

Why are carrots orange? Because they are so good for you!

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