A lot of us have heard that eating carrots can improve our vision,
especially night vision. Have you ever wondered if this is true, can eating
carrots really help us see better at night?
your night vision and whether eating too many carrots can be harmful,
So stay with me till the end of this post. I will review some other
nutrient-dense foods that can help improve or maintain healthy vision.
become popular during the second world war. In the early 1940s, the
British Ministry of food started a propaganda campaign stating that the key
to the British pilot’s success in shooting down the German bombers at night
was due to their superb night vision from the carrot-rich diet they
British-grown carrots. In
fact, this rumor spread so far across the pacific ocean, that a new article
was published in Time magazine on 22 December 1941, entitled “science:
rabbit for owl eyes”.
preference to all other carrots on earth. Arizona’s 3 to 4000 acres of
carrots may be the answer to every aviation command’s problem of preventing
night blindness in its flyers.
opponents in the sky because they ate more carrots? Most students of history
would point out that the RAF’s success in that era probably had much more to
do with the invention of onboard radar systems than carrots.
carrot message as a cover-up for the use of onboard radar technology by
telling the public that carrots were the key to their success. During wartime, blackouts occurred often in London and other areas
in the UK, and food shortages were quite common.
of food wanted to encourage the consumption of carrots, by advertising them
as a healthy nutritious food source that would also help improve night
Can eating Carrots help improve your Night Vision?
or fiction? The answer to this question may surprise you. Eating carrots can
in fact sometimes improve night vision, but only under certain conditions.
Let me explain:
beta-carotene, which can be converted into vitamin A in our
from light in our eyes to the brain, allowing us to see both during the day
and at night. This important step occurs in the retina which is the layer of
nerve tissue in our eyes.
vitamin A, Rod cells which are responsible for vision at night and in
dim light situations, and cone cells which are responsible for vision during
the day and in well-lit situations.
is the clear windshield of our eyes. Our body cannot produce vitamin
A on its own and has to rely on external sources such as dietary intake in
order to obtain this essential nutrient.
vitamin A and provitamin A carotenoids. Preformed vitamin A is found
in foods of animal origin such as milk, yogurt, liver, and fish oils.
sweet potatoes, and spinach. Because provitamin A needs to be converted into
a biologically useable form
of vitamin A in our body through enzymatic conversion.
inefficient dietary source of vitamin A. When compared to preformed
absorption of vitamin A require lipids or fat. so people who eat diets with
critically low-fat content, and people with certain medical
conditions such as pancreatic or liver diseases, may have difficulty with
absorption of vitamin A.
of age are vitamin A deficient. And vitamin A deficiency is the
single most important cause of childhood blindness in developing
of the population, and it mainly affects people with a history of
digestive diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s
disease, and liver disease like cirrhosis, etc.
store to buy a large number of carrots. So can eating carrots help improve
your night vision or not?
setting where people suffer from vitamin A deficiency, studies have
shown that supplements of vitamin A or beta-carotene actually do improve
carrots do you need to eat to help improve night vision?
plant sources. Which are the sole source of vitamin A in many
nutrition studied the benefits of vitamin A supplementation from different
food sources in pregnant women with night blindness.
six weeks improved night
vision in the pregnant women studied.
eating more carrots is likely to improve your night vision unless you suffer
from vitamin A deficiency due to various digestive diseases or
antioxidants. so if you want to go ahead and eat more carrots that
should be fine for most people.
Can eating too many Carrots be harmful?
possible to have too much vitamin A in your body. This is known as vitamin A
vitamin A toxicity solely from eating carrots. The conversion of
beta-carotene from carrots to active vitamin A in our body is quite
beta-carotene to make an equivalent amount of
bioavailable vitamin A. This
means eating extra carrots is very unlikely to cause vitamin A
people have even experienced their skin turning orange after taking a
large number of beta-carotene supplements. it’s a real condition called
in the preformed vitamin A form. For example, vitamin A supplements
come in capsule form with lipid carriers.
and symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, skin rash, increased
intracranial pressure, and increased risk of fractures.
maintaining eye health:
xanthophylls, such as lutein and zeaxanthin. They are important to maintain
the health of the retina.
such as oranges and broccoli are important for combating oxidative stress in
our eyes and body.
important for preventing dry eyes.