LoveYourBrain Tip: Eat Eggs

EAT EGGS

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BRAIN HEALTH | 5.23.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

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Eggs had a bad rap for a while due to their cholesterol levels (we now know dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on blood cholesterol).  However, we also know that the egg yolk contains a ton of vitamins and minerals that are excellent for overall health.  In fact, eggs are good for the brain!

One essential nutrient in egg yolk is choline, a B vitamin.  The brain converts choline to acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter related to memory.  Choline is also found in myelin, which is the insulating layer wrapped around many nerve fibers.  This insulation allows for the rapid transmission of information along and between neurons.

The high quality protein in eggs helps the brain indirectly, as well, by keeping you feeling fuller longer.  That allows your brain to remain focused on relevant tasks, instead of trying to figure out where it’ll get its next meal!

So, if you eat eggs, know that you’re doing something good for your brain.