health benefits of Eggs
The humble egg often receives a bad wrap in the health press with emphasis put on the impact they have on cholesterol levels. However, in addition to being a nutrition-packed powerhouse of protein (essential to keep hunger at bay), vitamins and minerals, eggs are actually a great source of wonderful omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their heart health benefits and may have positive effects on reducing inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to pathogens (e.g. bacteria, viruses), allergens, damaged or dead cells and irritants. The blood vessels and immune system respond by sending more chemicals to the site of invasion or damage, causing the inflammation.
The blood vessels dilate, or increase in size, leading to the redness often seen in the skin. Swelling is caused by capillary leakage and the accumulation of white blood cells fighting the infection. Significant damage can occur as a result of the inflammatory response, including the chronic inflammatory condition known as rheumatoid arthritis.
How do we reduce inflammation? Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often used, but these can have adverse side effects. Taking fish oil or other supplements containing omega-3 is a useful method to aid with reducing inflammation.
Why not add to this the humble egg? For a healthy breakfast, replace the fatty bacon with some grilled tomato, spinach and corn for added vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Enjoy!