Beautiful eyes are no less than a blessing! Unfortunately, due to our hectic life schedules we hardly take care of our eyes. So, if you feel the same, then here’s a simple way of taking care of your eyes that too just by adding carrots to your diet.
Carrots are also known as the food for eyes. Since ages, carrots have been an inseparable part of diet, this was simply because of their umpteen health benefits. This is one of the reasons why parents always insist on carrots as they can improve and maintain eyesight naturally. But is it really true? Let’s find out!
All about Carrots
Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene and lutein, which are antioxidants that help in improving vision. They are rich in vitamin A, C, K and B8 as well as pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper and manganese.
Yellow carrots are the ones that contain the most lutein, which also helps in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition in which your vision is gradually blurred or in some cases lost.
This problem was earlier seen only in older people, but now due to so much pollution and bad lifestyle, this problem is common among the young generation. Hence adding carrot to your daily diet is a great way to keep such diseases at bay.
Carrots in the diet
Carrots should always be properly washed before consumption. They can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, pan-fried as per the dish requirement. Below are some common ways of carrots are used in meals ;
-Shredded carrots in salads, wraps
-As a Snack on carrot sticks or also with hummus
Among all of these, raw or steamed carrots contain the highest nutritive value.
The carrot for your Vision
Carrots can improve vision but only if you consume it in the right amounts. In fact, daily consumption of carrots help in keeping other diseases at bay. This is simply because they contain vitamin A. And deficiency in vitamin A causes xerophthalmia, a progressive eye disease that can damage normal vision and result in night blindness. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “a lack of vitamin A is one of the main preventable causes of blindness in children.”
A regular consumption of this root vegetable, helps in curing night blindness and improves eyesight naturally. But if a person is already born with vitamin A deficiency, carrots might help to some extent but not completely, in such cases going for medical advice is a must.