If you think getting Alzheimer’s disease is a just a consequence of bad genes or bad luck, think again. Researchers suggest you could have some control over your getting the disease.
A UC Davis study revealed that healthy cholesterol levels not only keep your heart healthy, but your brain too. It is the first study to specifically link cholesterol to amyloid plaques in the brain of living human participants. Deposits of amyloid plaque (detected by a brain scan) are indicative of Alzheimer’s disease.
Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin which protect the eyes. These eye-friendly nutrients are yellow-orange-red pigments that accumulate in the lens of the human eye and the central part of the retina (macula) and filter out harmful components of sunlight. They act like “internal sunglasses”.
Vitamin D for Strong Bones
The recent egg analysis also found an egg contains 64 percent more vitamin D. At 41 IU, eggs provide 7-20% of the current daily recommendation. Vitamin D is a key player in maintaining strong bones.
Choline for Memory
Choline is essential to synthesize acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter, and is necessary for brain function (e.g., preserving memory) and muscle control. Egg yolks are rich is this essential nutrient. A medium egg contains 125 mg choline. It’s recommended that men consume 550 mg choline per day and women 425 mg.
If you’re watching your pocketbook or your waistline, eggs are an inexpensive, low-calorie option to get some of your protein*. They’re about 25 cents each and just 70 calories, not to mention a good source of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
*One small egg contains about 5 g of protein, large (6 g) and jumbo (8 g). To put that in perspective, 1 oz. of meat has about 7 g of protein.
Egg yolks are one of the most concentrated sources of cholesterol, but if you like them, they can still fit into a cholesterol-limiting diet. According to the USDA, an average large egg has 185 mg. of cholesterol which is 14 percent less than last tested in 2002.
Previous tests revealed an egg contained 211 mg. of cholesterol. To put this number in perspective, eating 300 mg. of cholesterol or less a day is the standard recommendation for controlling or lowering your cholesterol numbers and 200 mg. or less if you have heart disease.
Hen’s New Diet
The USDA reports that the egg’s improved nutritional profile is due in part to hens being raised on better quality feed which consists mainly of corn, soybean meal, vitamins and minerals.