Choline: Recognized as an essential nutrient by Health Canada, choline has been shown to play a strong role in brain development and function. One egg provides half your daily requirement of choline.
Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a natural, waxy, fat-like substance that is made in the liver as well as obtained through the diet. High amounts of cholesterol are found in the liver, kidney, adrenal glands and brain. Cholesterol has many uses including insulating nerves, maintaining cell walls and producing vitamin D, digestive juices and certain hormones.
Most of the cholesterol that circulates in your blood is there because your liver produced it. High blood cholesterol levels are one of the risk factors for heart disease. However, people often confuse blood cholesterol with dietary cholesterol. Foods that contain dietary cholesterol, such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy products, do not automatically increase blood cholesterol levels.
DHA Omega-3: An Omega-3 fatty acid that supports the normal development of the brain, eyes and nerves.
Folate: Folate is required for production of new cells and for making DNA and RNA (the blueprints for your cells). Folate is also necessary for protein metabolism. Folate (or folic acid supplements) is particularly important for women who are pregnant or about to become pregnant to prevent a birth defect called spina bifida and other neural tube defects.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Lutein and zeaxanthin are important antioxidants for maintaining good vision. Studies have shown that these antioxidants help prevent age-related macular degeneration-the leading cause of blindness in people over 65, and help decrease the risk of cataracts. According to the American Heart Association, lutein also protects against the progress of early heart disease.
Omega-3: Omega-3 fats are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are considered vital for your good health. They prevent blood platelets from sticking together and forming very dangerous clots Experts agree that getting enough omega-3 helps to promote optimal health throughout life. Many studies have found that these healthy fats may lower the risk of chronic diseases such heart disease and cancer.
Protein: Protein is essential for building and repairing muscles, organs, skin, hair and other tissues. It is also needed to produce hormones, enzymes and antibodies. One large egg contains 6 grams of protein.
One large egg provides a nutrient rich source of energy (70 calories) from protein and fat plus several B vitamins needed for the body to produce energy. The protein in eggs helps regulate blood sugar and helps muscles use energy efficiently.
Protein is a great weight management tool because it makes us feel fuller longer so we are less likely to overindulge between meals.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a member of the fat-soluble family of vitamins that also includes vitamin D, vitamin K and vitamin A. Vitamin E is important as an antioxidant that protects the cells of your body from free radical damage. Vitamin E is also an important component of the immune system and is necessary to repair DNA.
Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6, is a member of the water-soluble family of B complex vitamins. It's required for protein and glucose metabolism and to make hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells that carries oxygen to all the parts of your body.
Vitamin B6 is also needed for normal immune system function by maintaining the health of your thymus, spleen and lymph nodes. Vitamin B6 is also required for normal nervous system function.
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12, is a member of the water-soluble family of B complex vitamins. It's required for normal function of nerve cells, DNA production and B12 is needed for your body to make an adequate number of blood cells. Vitamin B12 is found naturally in meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy products.