Eggs Actually Improve Heart Health?

hh-article-8.jpgIn recent years, eggs have gotten a ‘bad rap.’ Now research shows that little-known nutrients in eggs can enhance your overall heart health and wellness rather than diminish it.

Eggs have wrongfully been made out to be demons in your diet and a danger to your heart health, when the truth is that they are good for you.

Eggs contain excellent, easily digestible protein in the egg white (pure albumin). The yolk, although it does contain some cholesterol, is not associated with elevated cholesterol levels.

Eggs are also a good source of many other nutrients, and are particularly high in betaine, which is vital to reducing risk for heart disease and keeping the heart healthy.

Homocysteine is an amino acid produced by the body, usually when you eat red meat. Too much homocysteine in your blood can weaken the blood vessels and increase risk of blood clots (thrombosis), making you subject to a number of cardiac diseases. Homocysteine levels are kept in check or even lowered by adding eggs and several of the B vitamins to your diet.

In nature, where do we find these vitamins? Folic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), some vitamin B12 and betaine are available in leafy vegetables, legumes and (drum roll, please) eggs!

Still, it’s better to play it safe by supplementing your diet with a good B complex. Just 5 mg of folic acid, 0.5 mg of B12 (hydroxycobalamin) and 50 mg of B6, as found in a good multivitamin, supplemented with additional betaine, can successfully lower our homocysteine levels and reduce your cardiovascular risk.

Individuals with homocystinuria (a hereditary metabolic disease that affects many body systems and is typified by very high homocysteine concentrations) are at high risk for heart attacks, often dying before they reach thirty. Even in such extreme cases, supplementation with betaine has been shown to lower the homocysteine levels by up to 75%.

Laboratory tests for homocysteine are expensive and usually unnecessary. Your best insurance to lower your risk factors and maintain good heart health is to consume a diet rich in leafy greens, eggs and life-saving, inexpensive supplements.

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