Eggs are both tasty and versatile. With eggs, you can craft everything from a zesty breakfast to a quick lunch to a filling dinner.
It turns out that some interesting things happen to your body when you eat eggs every day. And you might be surprised at how a regular egg diet can make you feel happier and healthier.
Here are eight things that happen to your body when you eat eggs every day.
Eggs strengthen your immune system
Everyone knows the old saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But what if a few eggs could do the same trick?
First of all, eggs are a great source of the minerals zinc and selenium. Together, these minerals help to boost your immunity to a wide variety of potential illnesses.
Secondly, eggs provide a great source of Vitamin D. This vitamin helps you avoid getting sick in the first place. And if you do get sick, this same vitamin helps speed up your recovery.
Throw in even more vitamins (like A and B-12), and you can see why eggs help you stave off illness.
Eggs can help reduce anxiety
Let’s be honest: it’s a really stressful world out there. Even if you didn’t have anxiety as a child, you are likely to develop anxiety later in life. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that eggs can help reduce that anxiety! Eggs are a solid source of lysine. In some studies, lysine was helpful in reducing both acute stress and longer-term anxiety. Lysine also helps in other ways. For example, it can lower blood pressure and even improve your digestion!
Eggs give you an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boost
Does your body suffer from regular inflammation? A number of diseases and conditions can affect your body this way. And inflammation is a world of pain unto itself.
One of the best ways to fight inflammation is to eat a kind of anti-inflammatory diet. This includes seeds, veggies, nuts, fish, and fruits.
We typically don’t think of eggs as an anti-inflammatory. However, it turns out that egg yolks contain two amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine, that have high antioxidant properties. Just how much? Raw eggs contain twice as many antioxidants as an apple!
Of course, we don’t recommend eating raw eggs. But don’t worry, cooked eggs still contain about as many antioxidants as an apple. Antioxidants help fight inflammation. And eggs also integrate nicely into your existing anti-inflammatory diet.
Eggs help improve brain health
We covered how the vitamins in eggs help keep you from getting sick and can even help you recover from illness. However, vitamin-rich eggs offer another surprising benefit: they can improve your overall brain health!
That is because of certain nutrients within the egg. Specifically, the nutrients choline, folate, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. Choline helps out with memory and mood while folate helps with both depression and dementia. And those B vitamins help create new brain chemicals and even slow down declining brain function as we age.
In other words, regularly eating eggs is literally the smart choice to make!
Eggs help your skin look young and healthy
Everybody wants beautiful and healthy-looking skin. That’s why there are countless creams and masks designed to improve skin health. But what if a regular diet of eggs could have the same effect?
The selenium in eggs helps ward off things like age spots and sun damage on your skin. And it even provides additional protection against skin cancer.
Furthermore, selenium gives your immune system a boost. And this helps you to literally look healthier than usual because it gives your skin a kind of “glow.”
Eggs help protect your heart and liver
When you’re trying to stay healthy, cholesterol is usually considered a bad thing. However, there are actually two kinds of cholesterol that you should monitor.
The “bad” cholesterol that everyone is familiar with is what leads to a variety of heart-related problems, including clogged arteries. Bad cholesterol is made up of low-density lipoproteins. But “good” cholesterol (made up of high-density-lipoproteins) helps with both liver health and overall cholesterol regulation.
Many people don’t get enough high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol in their diet. However, eggs are a great way to boost that good cholesterol. And because of that, they can actually help protect against future heart problems within your body.
Eggs help you lose weight
Eggs can make up an important part of a ketogenic diet. But beyond that, eating eggs can help you lose weight in a really simple way. It all comes down to how filling eggs are, thanks to their protein content.
A study by Saint Louis University found that people felt fuller when they ate an equal-weight amount of eggs versus bagels. The study concluded that eating eggs reduces short-term food intake.
And that’s the real trick to weight loss. If an egg breakfast keeps you from snacking all morning at work, you end up with fewer calories in your body at the end of the day.
Eggs give you an energy boost without an insulin spike
Speaking of the workplace, do you ever feel an afternoon “crash?”
The typical cause of such a crash is that workers are drinking coffee throughout the day. The caffeine in coffee gives you an energy boost, but it soon passes and leaves you feeling drained.
Eggs, however, provide a steady supply of energy — without causing a spike in insulin or blood sugar. This is due to the fact that the energy you get from eggs comes from protein, not sugar.
Eggs won’t take you through the roof like coffee, but eggs also won’t make you crash a few hours later. Thanks to the protein and amino acids within eggs, you get sustained energy throughout the day. Yet another reason to eat some eggs before heading to work!