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If any food item deserves the ‘superfood’ tag, it is eggs. This ingredient is a staple in a variety of dishes and has an excellent nutritional profile. Eggs can be consumed at any time of the day and provide protein, 13 essential vitamins and minerals, as well as omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
From maintaining eye health to muscle building, this food powerhouse is essential for our bodily functions.
Besides being rich in proteins, eggs contain essential nutrients and minerals such as vitamin D, Omega 3 fatty acids, folate, riboflavin (Vitamin B2). The list of its nutritional prowess seems endless as it also contains selenium, vitamins A, E, B5, B12, as well as iron, iodine and phosphorus. These factors boost metabolism, aid heart health and play an important role in improving mental health.
2. Supplements overall wellbeing and health
Eggs provide us with very high-quality protein that contains all nine essential amino acids in the right amounts needed by the body for optimum growth and maintenance of muscles. In addition, eggs help increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known commonly as “good cholesterol”. Higher levels of HDL can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Moreover, the egg white is rich in vitamin A, zinc and protein that are essential for maintaining eye health.
3. Helps with weight management
While you enjoy eating eggs, relish it with the knowledge that eggs help you feel full for longer by increasing levels of leptin, a hormone that helps you feel satisfied after eating and by delaying the rate at which food leaves the stomach. This phenomenon, coupled with the fact that eggs have low calories (75-78 calories per egg), helps with weight management and enhances energy levels.
4. Promotes hair health
Eggs, the protein-rich superfood, offer us a variety of benefits to not just our bodily strength but also to our hair. Eggs are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as selenium, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous, among other nutrients and in fact, the yolk portion of the egg contains lecithin, which helps in promoting hair growth and making your tresses silky and smooth. Rich in protein and biotin, eggs provide nourishment and texture to damaged tresses and prevent hair breakage by conditioning the scalp.
5. Improves skin health
Egg whites are extremely rich in protein which benefits the skin by tightening it, boosting its repair and removing excess oil and acne. Eggs also help soften and hydrate the skin and protect it against discoloration. Eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are critical in protecting the skin against harmful UV rays that lead to lines and brown spots.
So, ladies, be it food or beauty care, eggs are your one-stop-shop for overall wellness.