Eating carrots help you see in the dark my grandparents would tell me. Although they had no idea of the science behind this, it has been known for a long time that carrots really are good for your peepers and do indeed help prevent night blindness.
Vitamin A is the nutrient most associated with eye health (and carrots) and is actually one of the most important nutrients for eyes. Why so? Vitamin A is a water soluble antioxidant. It can work within the eyes to prevent cell damage from free radicals and reduce the risk of developing eye diseases such as age related macular degeneration (AMD). Vitamin A can help prevent cataracts from developing and vitamin A deficiency will lead to night blindness. If the deficiency continues, night blindness will progress into xerophthalmia causing dry eyes and corneal ulcers and eventually complete blindness.
Juicing for Vitamin A Food Sources: carrots, spinach, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, kiwi, blackberries, oranges and watermelon.
Vitamins C & E
Vitamin C and E don’t have as high a profile as vitamin A for eye health, but they also play an important role in the well being of our eyes. Both vitamin C and E have been associated in studies with delaying age related macular degeneration. Vitamin C can reduce the risk of developing cataracts and may also prevent glaucoma.
Vitamin C Food Sources: oranges, blackberries, watermelon, kiwi, grapes, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, kale and spinach.
Vitamin E Food Sources: blackberries, apples and Kiwi.
Juicing Recipes #2 – Carrot and Apple
Top and tail carrots. Remove stem from apple. Juice and mix well. vitamins A, C and E
Juicing Recipes #3 – Apple, kiwi and blackberry
1 cup of blackberries
Remove stem from apple. Peel kiwis. Wash blackberries thoroughly. Juice and enjoy. This juice is high in vitamin C and E with some A.
Juicing Recipes #4 – The Lemony Cucapple
1/4 of a lemon
Remove stem from apple. Wash cucumber well. Use only the flesh of the lemon. Juice and stir well. High in vitamin C, with fair amounts of A and E.
Juicing Recipes #5 – Berry Good Eyes
1 cup of blackberries
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of strawberries
Wash all berries thoroughly. Top the strawberries. This juice is high in C and E
Juicing Recipe #6 – Eye Eye Captain
1 cup of kale
1 cup of spinach
1/2 an apple
Top and wash the carrots. Wash kale and spinach thoroughly. Remove apple stem. This juice is a super dose of vitamin A for your eyes.
Darren and Veronica