Is Carrots Good For Your Eyes? (Day 8)
An old wives’ tale proves true: carrots do help you see better. It has long been known that carrots’ beta carotene (which forms vitamin A) helps your eyes adjust to dim light. Cutting-edge research suggests that other antioxidants in plant-based foods may help protect your eyesight from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Eating foods rich in antioxidant vitamins (beta carotene, vitamins C and E) may lower your risk for cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin, found in the retina’s macula, protect your eyes from sunlight and other environmental damage. Increase these carotenoids in your eyes by eating plenty of lutein- and zeaxanthin-rich foods.
Choose eye-catching foods to enjoy, starting today.
- For beta carotene: yellow-orange fruits and vegetables, including carrots; dark-green vegetables
- For lutein: green-leafy vegetables, kiwifruit, eggs
- For zeaxanthin: citrus fruit, corn, green vegetables,winter squash, eggs
- For vitamin C: citrus fruit, berries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, green pepper, papaya, tomato
- For vitamin E: almonds, corn oil, eggs, peanuts, spinach, sunflower seeds