It’s an old joke: carrots are good for your eyes? Why? Well, have you ever seen a rabbit with glasses?
There is actually some truth in this, because carrots are a source of beta carotenes, a Vitamin A which has been found to play a role in vision. Carotenes are also involved in other body functions, such as gene transcription, immune function, embryonic development and reproduction, bone metabolism, skin and cellular health and antioxidant activity.
Since beta-carotene plays an important role in cellular health and belongs to the category of antioxidants, molecules that prevent some of the damage from free radicals, the effects of beta carotenes on the brain have been studied. Would these beta carotenes also protect brain cells from free radicals (unstable molecules)? And are beta-carotenes vitamins for memory? (more…)