What is your Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) number?
- Low macular pigment is a known risk factor for age-related macular degeneration
- Increased macular pigment can increase visual performance
Macular Pigment: What’s your number?
- Learn your macular pigment number so that you can protect the future of your vision
- Eating food high in lutein and zeaxanthin and taking lutein and zeaxanthin supplements can increase your macular pigment optical density
Macular Pigment and Macular Health
What is macular pigment?
Lutein and zeaxanthin are macular pigments that are located in the lens and macula of the eye—a small area of the retina that is responsible for detailed central vision. In the macula, lutein and zeaxanthin have two main functions:
- Filter blue light and protect the retina from the harmful effects of blue light
- Act as antioxidants
Lutein and zeaxanthin increase macular pigment optical density (MPOD).
Our bodies do not make lutein and zeaxanthin so we must obtain them from our diet. Studies show that we need 6-10 mg per day of lutein and zeaxanthin to help maintain optimal eye health and aid in the prevention of eye disease. The average North American gets only 1-3 mg per day of lutein and zeaxanthin from their diet. So it is important to eat foods that are high in lutein and zeaxanthin everyday.
Foods that are high in lutein:
- Leafy green vegetables including kale, spinach, dandelion greens, Swiss chard and many others
- Egg yolks
- Green beans, peas
Foods that are high in zeaxanthin:
- Orange peppers
- Goji berries