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Are carrots actually good for eyesight?

Asked by noodlehead710 (309points) June 19th, 2010

Are carrots good for eyesight? I was thinking about this today while running, and couldn’t come up with any reason outside of getting a particular vitamin. If that is the case, wouldn’t other food that carry this vitamin also be good? Do carrots just have that much more vitamin X than other foods? Do they improve your eyesight, or just prevent degradation?

I’m just trying to figure out why carrots are the poster-vegetable for eyesight, let me know what you know/think.

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janbb's avatar

Yes, it’s not just a bubbe meise. Carrots contain a lot of Vitamin A which is important for good eyesight, particularly night vision.

knitfroggy's avatar

I always assumed it was more propaganda from my mother…

janbb's avatar

Yeah – but sometimes your mother is right. (Even sometimes my mother was right, and she always told me that too.)

dpworkin's avatar

Beta Carotene has been found to slow macular degeneration.

noodlehead710's avatar

@janbb Aha, vitamins! I thought so. But you’ve only answered the easy question, and not the more pressing ones. Why do carrots have a monopoly on vitamin A? Another question is why do we pick vision out of the list of benefits vitamin A can provide?

@dpworkin Sorry, got to use ignorant-person talk on me :)

Pandora's avatar

@noodlehead710 THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. I may be premature for the thanks and the story is too long to tell. But your questions prompted me to do some research on the signs of Vitamin A deficiency. It may have helped me to solve a long standing problem. If I’m wrong in my assumption than no harm. If I’m right than that is great!
If you simply don’t like carrots, there are other sources. VitaminA

AstroChuck's avatar

Of course. Ever seen a rabbit with glasses?

ucme's avatar

Nah, they can help lower the risk of eye disease sure, but that’s about their limit.

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