Eggs – A valuable contributor to a nutritious diet !
We all know eggs are delicious. But did you know they also reduce your risk of diseases, protect your skin and eyes from UV damage, and improve liver and brain function? It’s true, and they’re just some of the amazing health benefits of eggs.
As a great protein food (with a complete amino acid profile, I might add), eggs help your body keep building more of the best version of you. They’re such a high-quality source of protein that the World Health Organization uses them as the standard for evaluating protein quality in other foods. In my estimation, eggs are one of the least expensive sources of high-quality protein available.
Your brain requires a stable supply of glucose for its energy. Large daily swings in glucose concentration can have a negative effect on the brain’s memory and cognitive functions. The protein inside eggs is the highest-quality protein of any food. That protein can make you feel fuller for longer periods of time, causing you to maintain more stable blood-glucose levels. The high-quality protein in eggs also forms a necessary component of important neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and norepinephrine. These are chemicals that brain cells use to communicate among themselves. The net effect of all these processes on the brain is an enhanced feeling of energy and alertness. Eggs are also high in choline, which is an essential nutrient that aids brain function in adults. Choline is used to maintain the structure of all cell membranes.
The lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs don’t just protect your eyes by filtering certain light wavelengths. They do the same with your skin. By filtering out the more harmful blue spectrum rays, these carotenoids slow down the oxidative damage light can wreak on your skin, specifically by UV rays.
Eggs contain five of the eight best nutrients that help you to fight and reduce your risk of skin cancer. If you have a risk for skin cancer, eggs can be one of the weapons you use to prevent it happening to you.
Eggs Contain Even More Bone-Healthy Nutrients – Eggs are a rich source of the Vitamin B complex, a group of vitamins that have a broad scope of action. As it relates to bone health in particular, eggs contain the following potent combination of B vitamins listed in the Program as Foundation Supplements:
Folate (the naturally occurring form of synthetic folic acid)
Eggs are also abundant in Sulphur, which is critical to the process of creating collagen. You see, bones are made up of 65% mineralized collagen that gives bones their solid infrastructure and 35% collagen matrix shaped like a crisscrossed protein, similar to a beehive. The collagen matrix is made of nutrients and minerals that give flexibility to the bones so they can resist breaking. And the high Sulphur content in eggs is part of what makes them so beneficial for healthy hair and nails.
Aid in weight loss – Eggs are incredibly nutrient dense and filling, mainly because of their high-protein content. High-protein foods have been known to reduce appetite and increase fullness, compared to foods that contain less protein. Studies have repeatedly shown that egg meals increase fullness and reduce food intake during later meals, compared to other meals with the same calorie content.