Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eggs really are good for the heart...

It is well-known amongst my clients and colleagues what a strong advocate of eggs I am. I happen to think that eggs are one of the most nutritionally amazing food sources naturally available.

So, with that in mind I just wanted to share with you another piece of positive evidence (as if there wasn't enough already) as to why you should be including this nutritional powerhouse into your diet on a regular basis. Rather surprisingly this latest paper to reveal positive health benefits actually showed the strongest results to come from fried eggs!

Scientists found that fried eggs had high potential for inhibiting the production of something called Angiotensin Converting Enzyme. Now, unless you are currently on medication for high blood pressure, or are in the medical profession, you may well be thinking 'great, so what?'. Well, in short, this is good news as this little enzyme is responsible for changing the 'not very biologically active' Angiotensin 1 into the rather more active Angiotensin 2.

Eggs - bloody brilliant....

Angiotensin 2 is a bit like a bigger, rather more problematic brother of 1 and has a direct effect on the blood vessels, causing them to constrict and to raise blood pressure. Angiotensin 2 also is prothrombotic, which means that it encourages the formation of blood clots - another reason to want to keep levels of it down. As if that wasn't bad enough, it ALSO causes the release of aldosterone, which causes the kidneys to retain sodium and lose potassium.

This is the reason that one of the most popular drugs of choice for treating hypertension is designed to inhibit the enzymes that convert the non-active form of Angiotensin into its active relative. These are simply known as ACE Inhibitors.

You can check out the abstract to this latest study HERE from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Medicine.

I will be posting more in the next few days on eggs, including the latest research that can hopefully put to bed the concerns about cholesterol and egg intake. In the meantime, check out an article I have put together all about eggs to be posted on our website very soon!


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Sassy said...

Fantastic. I just ate 4 hardboiled eggs and I'm feeling a little sick. But I take solace in the knowledge that even if I vomit a little in my mouth, my heart has benefited.

Team Aegis said...

Thanks for the great comment. It really brightened up our friday!!!