You're familiar with the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But you might be surprised to learn that an egg a day can help keep Alzheimer's disease away.
Eggs have long been referred to as nature's multivitamin due to the host of health benefits they offer. These benefits range from healthy HDL (that's the good kind) cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease, to lower triglycerides and improved eye health. However, it wasn't up until recently that scientists discovered that eggs also offer brain health benefits.
More specifically, scientists have discovered that eating eggs can protect you from memory loss - an early warning sign of Alzheimer's disease. Read on for the full scoop!
Study reveals that eating an egg a day can protect you from Alzheimer’s disease
A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that looked at 2,500 men in Finland for a period of up to 22 years found that those who ate the equivalent of one egg a day didn’t have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the study found the opposite to be true: The men who ate an egg a day performed better on cognitive tests later in life than those who ate eggs less often.
The researchers behind this study attributed this brain benefit to cholline – a water-soluble, vitamin-like essential nutrient that’s abundant in eggs. “Choline may labour in obscurity – if you haven’t heard of it, you’re in the majority – but it’s an essential nutrient that does important work in the body,” the Harvard Health Letter says. The letter describes choline as “something of a brain food” that may protect against age-related cognitive decline
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Your brain converts choline into acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that keeps memories intact
So how does choline work in your brain to keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay? According to the researchers behind the study, your brain converts choline into acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that helps brain cells communicate with each other and keeps memories intact.
Fun fact: Of course, eggs are also rich in cholesterol
– one yolk packs about 200 mg. For a long time, doctors believed that dietary cholesterol
was a major contributor to heart disease
. However, it turns out that they were mistaken – the theory that dietary cholesterol increases your cholesterol levels and boosts your risk of heart disease
is nothing but a myth, much like the persistent myth that skim milk is healthier for you than whole milk.
Who would’ve guessed that eating an egg a day can help keep Alzheimer’s disease away?
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