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Rick’s Macular Pigment Challenge Week 3 – Results time!

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Rick’s Macular Pigment Challenge wk #3 Results Time !

Rick Brigg here, Optical Assistant, “MPOD tester” and chief coffee maker at the Spectacle Shop Opticians in Barnsley! Welcome to Macular Pigment Challenge week 3

Check out the introductory post in this series if you haven’t already!

So, here we are – 3 weeks into the challenge. Time for an update, as promised. Overall I am very pleased with my progress over the past 3 weeks. I have managed to implement and sustain positive dietary changes – but there is definitely room for improvement… honesty here is definitely the best policy. Making changes to habits can be really tough; habits tend to become ingrained. So here’s the good, the bad and the ugly…

celery soup preperation

celery soup preparation

This is what I have done well:

  • I’ve only had 2 takeaway meals in the past 3 weeks and tried to order something on the healthier side (as healthy as a takeaway can be)
  • I’ve eaten very little processed food – and have really thrown myself into home cooking – I’ve been cooking healthy meals packed with vegetables most evenings and I’ve really enjoyed it! 
  • I’ve added new good foods to my diet that I had never tried before… my favourite is butter-nut squash – yum !
  • I’ve reduced my alcohol intake (not entirely… we all need a treat)
  • I’ve cut down on smoking cigarettes (but not managed to stop entirely…

A plain cigarette packetThings I have not done so well/room for improvement

  • despite doing a lot more healthy home cooking, over the course of the 3 weeks I have not managed to do as much juicing as I would like 🙁
  • the smoking – I need to cut this out completely and I will never give up giving up! Smoking has a massive impact on Macular Pigment as it does on the health of the body in general

rick mp 28 octThe Results !

I am delighted to reveal that my Macular pigment in the right eye has increased from 0.14 to 0.29. My left eye has increased dramatically from 0.05 to 0.14.  The levels are still low – but this shows me that me changes to my diet and lifestyle ARE having an impact on my macular pigment. 

What does this mean?

  • I have increased natural protection from harmful sunlight
  • I have increased natural protection from harmful blue light emitted by computer devices/laptops/tablets
  • I have decreased my changes of developing macular degeneration in later life
  • The changes in the macular pigment are an indicator of how well our bodies are functioning in general – so the lifestyle and dietary changes will be increasing my general health and reducing the chances of developing health problems in general not just specific to the eyes
Smoky veggie feijoada - 4 of your 5 a day

Smoky veggie feijoada – 4 of your 5 a day

“Ignorance on fire is greater than knowledge on ice…”  IT’S YOUR TURN…

By this, I mean – you don’t have to be a nutritional expert, or a dietician to start making positive changes that will result in an increased macular pigment level. Just do SOMETHING. I challenge you to come and get your pigment levels checked for free – and join me on my mission.


Rick's MPOD Test 28/10

Rick’s MPOD Test 28/10

If you would like to join me on the journey, you can keep track of my progress, my recipes, my top tips for eye care on Facebook, our website Google+ or  email the team for advice Or go right ahead andbook your FREE Macular Pigment Screening.