Within the spectrum of visible lights, the blue light is among that has the highest energy. It is actually found everywhere like for example when the sunlight collides with air molecules in the atmosphere, that causes the sky to go blue. On a smaller scale, the blue light is also found on electronic devices such as laptop computers, cell phones, or the LED lights and fluorescent bulbs.
While the blue light has its benefits such as boosting our alertness, helps our cognitive function, and even elevates our mood; it also has its downside. Among which is something that many of us might be unaware of – it is hazardous to our eyes.
The macula functions as the filter of harmful light for our eyes and as it degenerates, we may experience the loss of vision. It is currently the leading cause of blindness in the West and an estimate of 1 in 10 people over 65 suffers from advanced age-related macular degeneration.
On the bright side; superfood is known as the source of nutrients with large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. We see many kinds of superfoods now on daily basis as they are incorporated with modern culinary techniques to create not just for an alluring presentation or the usual important features such as textures or taste, but also for their health benefits.
Macular degeneration can be fought by consuming more lutein and zeaxanthin found in superfood, and this is based from the recent study by Harvard University. Several types of superfood vegetables with the highest quantity of lutein and zeaxanthin are kale, cress, spinach, peas, asparagus, and more.
Rated as an ingredient with the highest count of lutein and zeaxanthin, kale is easily the most famous among superfoods. It is ubiquitous and can be obtained in local markets quite affordably. From appetizers to main courses, kale is a highly versatile ingredients fit for everyday use. Professional chefs love to play around with the ingredients and there are a lot of easy recipes for us to try.
For more information about macular degeneration, you can check this elaborated infographic below. Let’s keep our eyes healthy with superfoods!
Infographic credit: Focus Clinics