Fruits in general can provide disease-fighting properties and should be part of your healthy eating routine – an apple a day keeps the doctor away, as the saying goes! Because fruits offer their own unique benefits it’s important that you get as much a variety as possible if you want overall good health. But when it comes to your eyes, make sure to add bananas into your regime.
Eating a banana daily is likely to boost eye health and prevent vision-related diseases, a study has found. Researchers have found that bananas have carotenoid — a compound that turn fruits and vegetables red, orange or yellow and are converted into vitamin A, important precursors for eye health — in the liver.
According to previous research, foods containing high levels of carotenoids also protect against chronic disease, including certain cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The study showed that banana rich in provitamin A carotenoids may offer a potential food source for alleviating vitamin A deficiency — important for sight. To combat vitamin A deficiency, researchers have been investigating methods to boost carotenoids in bananas.
Besides, there is a large amount of bare-carotene in bananas. When the body is badly in need of this substance, the eyes will become dry and people look depressed. Eating bananas frequently will not only ease this symptom, but also drive away the tiredness and prevent the early aging of eyes to some extent.
Bananas are ideal food for young children and families for many regions of the world, because of their sweetness, texture, portion size, familiarity, availability, convenience, versatility and cost.
This post originally appeared on All About Vision.