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Did You Know: Eggs

Did You KnowLaurie Capogna

Did you know eating eggs helps prevent macular degeneration without raising lipid and cholesterol levels in your body?

  • Eggs are a great source of the macular pigment lutein.
  • A diet rich in lutein has been shown to aid in the prevention of AMD and cataracts.

AMD (Age-related macular degeneration) is a chronic disease and is the leading cause of blindness in the Western world.  A diet rich in nutrients for your eyes can help to prevent or reduce the risk of progression of AMD.

Key Nutrients in the Prevention of AMD through diet:

  • Lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E
  •  Beta-Carotene
  • Zinc
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Eggs are a staple ingredient in most refrigerators and provide our bodies with a bio-available source of lutein.  In addition to lutein eggs also contain significant amounts of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.

Recent studies have shown that consumption of eggs increased serum lutein and zeaxanthin levels without negatively affecting serum lipid levels.  Other studies have also confirmed that healthy individuals can eat an egg day without increasing their risk for heart disease or stroke.