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The Reason Carrots are a Recipe for Healthy Vision

Can carrots really enhance your vision? While eye doctors affirm that the orange root vegetables are made up of large amounts of a vitamin that has proven to be beneficial for the eyes, eating a lot of the healthy vegetable will not eliminate your need for visual aids.

Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or orange pigment that converts into vitamin A after it's digested in the human body. Vitamin A protects the cornea, or surface of the eye, and has been determined to be preventative for various eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Vitamin A, a group of antioxidant compounds, protects the cornea to decrease the frequency of ocular infections and other infectious illnesses. Vitamin A is also known to be a successful treatment for dry eyes and other eye conditions. A deficiency of vitamin A (which tends to be more likely in underdeveloped countries) often causes night blindness, corneal ulcers and retinal damage which can contribute to blindness.

There are two variations of vitamin A, which relate to the food source they come from. Retinol is vitamin A derived from an animal source such as beef, chicken liver, or dairy products. Vitamin A that is produce-derived exists in the form of ''provitamin A'' carotenoids, which break down to retinol after the food is 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 health. Even though carrots won't correct vision impairments, grandma had it right when she advised ''eat your carrots.''