You know that eggs are good for you. But do you know exactly what nutrients are found in every egg?
Small but powerful, that’s the egg. Have at least one a day and reap its many health benefits. For every 1 large egg (50g), here’s how beneficial it is.
1. Keeps thyroid gland healthy (Selenium – 22% DV)
Eggs are one of the richest sources of selenium, an essential trace mineral next to iodine required for proper thyroid synthesis, activation and metabolism.
2. Energizes the body (Vitamin B2 – 15% DV)
The B group of vitamins is known for energy production and that includes vitamin B2 of which eggs are excellent sources. Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin supports energy production by assisting in metabolizing fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
3. Maintains shiny hair and strong nails (Protein – 13% DV)
Eggs are high in protein, an important part of every cell in the body. This macronutrient is needed by the body to build and repair tissues. It is also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
4. Prevents anaemia (Vitamin B12 – 9% DV)
Another B vitamin-packed in eggs is vitamin B12, a nutrient involved in the development of red blood cells. Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the causes of pernicious anaemia.
5. Strengthens bones (Phosphorous – 9% DV)
Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body (next to calcium) with 85% found in bones and teeth. Bone loss is not only caused by a lack of calcium in the body; it may also be caused by a deficiency in phosphorus as both minerals work together to build strong bones and teeth.
6. Fights stress (Pantothenic Acid – 7% DV)
Eggs can help fight stress through their pantothenic acid content. Pantothenic acid is sometimes called the “anti-stress” vitamin because it supports the adrenal glands, which produce hormones that help the body respond to stress.
7. Supports healthy vision (Vitamin A – 6% DV)
Vitamin A is known as the nutrient which promotes good eyesight, and egg is a good source of it.
8. Helps promote healthy sperm (Folate – 5% DV)
Regular egg consumption can help contribute to spermatogenesis in men and oocyte maturation and implantation in women due to its folate content.
9. Essential for a healthy prostate (Zinc – 4% DV)
Eggs are rich in zinc, a mineral that studies have found to play a role in prostate health.
10. Guards against viruses (Iron – 3% DV)
Eggs also contain a good amount of iron. Iron not only helps prevent anaemia, but it also plays an important role in keeping colds and the flu away. Individuals who are deficient in iron have a low resistance to infection.
An egg is also packed with 594 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.
* If you have heart disease, diabetes or a high level of blood cholesterol, ask your doctor about your egg consumption as egg yolks are known to be high in cholesterol.
- Nutrient data source: USDA