Envision Optical
Optometrist in QLD and NSW

Recipes for Eye Health: Spinach

August 27, 2015
Posted By: Envision Optical

Why Spinach is Good for Your Eyes

The macular pigment layer is a critical layer in the retina at the back of our eyes, that plays a key role in protecting the light sensitive cells as well as regulating quality of vision. It is essential for long term healthy eyes and clear vision. You can ensure you have healthy macular pigment by eating plenty of  spinach every day. Macular pigment is constructed entirely from the dietary carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxathin which are found in high concentrations in spinach, kale and other leafy greens, as well as other vegetables such as broccoli, corn, green peas and beans. To ensure enhanced bioavailability of lutein, chopping and cooking the spinach will increase absorption by the body.

There are many simple ways we can add spinach to our routine daily meals:

  • Add it to your leafy salads
  • Shredded and lightly stir fried as a side for eggs on toast
  • fine chop and sprinkle onto pumpkin soup
  • chopped and add to your kids egg sandwiches or wraps
  • add it to your tacos, nachos or burritos mexican favourites
  • chop and stir into pasta meals including lasagne
  • throw a handful into your daily smoothie for a Lutein hit

In summary use your imagination, search out new ways to add in some spinach or other greens every day, and know your macula is loving you every step of the way.

If you’re keen to monitor how effective your diet changes are, come and take the high tech MPOD macular pigment test which essentially monitors whether you are eating enough of these great foods to boost your macular health. Its available in each of the 4 Envision Optical locations at Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Tweed Heads South and Nerang. Remember prevention is best!

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