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Eating Carrots Improves Eyesight ?- True Or False

Your first essential step to becoming a ninja !

Eating carrots on a daily basis may help you see in the dark –

two carrots

Seeing in the dark –

Carrots have many properties including beta carotene which is thought to help to mop up free radicals from the blood by doing this it is believed that it helps to lower the risk of getting some cancers.

The beta carotene is converted into vitamin A which is also needed to for healthy vision and the maintenance of mucous membranes in the body.

One of the first symptoms of vitamin A deficiency is night blindness which means that eyes have difficulty adjusting to light or darkness, vitamin A works with a protein called ospin this protein is in the rods of the retina in the eyes this protein form the visual colour purple

 

Rhodopsin

 

Rhodopspin, also known as visual purple is a light-sensitive receptor protein. It is a biological pigment in photoreceptor cells of the retina, Rhodopsin is the primary pigment found in rod photoreceptors. Rhodopsins belong to the G- protien coupled receptor . They are extremely sensitive to light, enabling vision in low-light conditions.

So mum was right when she said eat your carrots, they may help you see in the dark !

Single carrot

Raw or cooked ?

Carrots are a strange vegetable because most vegetables are better when eaten raw, but carrots are different because carrots have got a hard wall of cells surrounding the body which are best got to when cooked, less than 25 % of the raw carrots beta carotene which is converted into vitamin A can be used by humans when carrots are raw, cooking breaks this cell wall down. When the carrots are cooked it is best to eat them within a meal that has got some good fat  in it ( Lliada Olive oil may be), by doing this the body can absorb up to 100 % more beta carotene.Read my review of

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