Are carrots good for your eyes and teeth? Remember your parents telling you to eat carrots because they are good for your eyes? Well, they are, and they are good for your teeth, too. Who would have guessed that that funny shaped, bright orange, crispy, crunchy vegetable that grows upside down in the dirt could have so many health benefits? There are a few ways that carrots help your teeth, in fact. Read on to find out how to protect your eyes and teeth with carrots.
Are Carrots good for your eyes?
When your parents told you carrots were good for your eyesight they were right. They may not have known why, but they knew what they were talking about when they told you to eat carrots. Carrots are good for your eyes because they contain Beta-carotene which is a type of vitamin A. Beta-carotene gives foods their orange color and helps the retina and other parts of your eyes to function properly. Vitamin A also linked to improved vision at night. Vitamin A is one of the main building blocks of the night vision pigments in your eyes. A vitamin A deficiency in can lead to night blindness. Night blindness is the problem or difficulty of adjusting your vision to low levels of light.
Beta carotene and lutein are antioxidants that help eye health by offering protection the damage caused by free radicals. It is thought that the free radicals are the main culprits of the age related macular degeneration and problems of cataracts of your eyes. Carrots have a lot of lutein in them which is good for fighting macular degeneration (AMD) in your 70s and 80s. Having a diet rich with carrots is considered also a good preventative measure against the age related eye problem of cataracts.
It is important to note that carrots are not a treatment for eye problems but are a rich source of nutrients that supports eye health.
Carrots good for your teeth
The vitamin A in carrots not only helps your eyes, it helps your teeth too. Vitamin A helps build tooth enamel. The act of eating a raw carrot is beneficial to your teeth because as you chew it, it encourages the production of saliva which is your mouth’s natural cleanser. Saliva washes away food debris, sugars and pathogenic bacteria that feed on the sugars and debris, and produce enamel eating acids as a result. Carrots also cleanse your teeth as you bite into and chew them. Their hard, crunchy texture scrubs your teeth and gums.
It should be noted that another food rich in vitamin A is cheese. Deficiencies in vitamin A are the leading cause of blindness in poor countries. Cheese has a lot of vitamin A and also is very good for your teeth. It has higher levels of calcium and phosphates which are good for your enamel. Cheese also balances the pH of your saliva. A more neutral pH helps the saliva prevent cavities. Cheese is wonderful but it has a few more calories than carrots do.
The bottom line is that carrots are good for your eyes and overall health
A steady diet of carrots will maintain healthy vision and improve your eyesight. Carrots are high in fiber and help digestion. This fiber rich vegetable reduces constipation and lessens the likelihood of colon cancer. They are rich in lycopene also. Lycopene is another antioxidant that is good for heart health.
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