Eggs are one of the best foods for neurological health. They provide nutrition for several processes and aspects of neuro-chemistry including neurotransmitter production, neurological and psychiatric illnesses, as well as overall brain growth due to its high amino acid content, b-vitamins, cholesterol and omega 3’s. Eggs are one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth and can be considered a functional food. Apart from being nutritionally saturated, eggs are also relatively easy to cook and widely available in most parts of the world. Of course, in order to reap the benefits, it has to be organic, free range eggs.
This nutrient assists in myelination via multiple pathways, however, in my opinion the most important pathway is through progesterone production. Progesterone is more than just a hormone associated with fertility and endometrial growth, but also a neuro-steroid. Progesterone’s main function as a neuro-steroid is Myelination. Progesterone is made from Cortisol, which is made from Cholesterol.
These are essential fatty acids which assist in protecting the brain from dementia, fighting depression & anxiety, reducing the symptoms of ADHD, reducing mood swings and relapses in psychiatric illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and assists in fighting insomnia. In fact, the brain is around 60-70% lipid, meaning, majority of the brain is fatty material. The thing about the human body is that everything undergoes wear and tear, including the brain. In order to rebuild brain tissue, fats are required.
B-Vitamins, specifically vitamin B12 (cobalamin), helps in neurotransmitter production, myelin production (needed for Multiple Sclerosis), nerve health, and neurotransmitter signalling. Vitamin B7 (biotin) is needed for neuron function and is responsible for the metabolism of Omega 3 fatty acids – a lack of b7 is linked to several neurological conditions. Eggs also contain Choline which is used for the production of Acetylcholine (needed for dementia).
Amino acids such as Tryptophan, Glutamine, Tyrosine, and Taurine are the raw materials for producing neuro-transmitters such as Dopamine (needed for Parkinson’s), Serotonin (needed for depression), and GABA (needed for fibromyalgia).
Although there is a lot of conflicting information out there about whether or not eggs are good for health, it should be noted that one size does not fit all. Certain people get amazing results from including eggs in their diet while others feel sick. If you are unable to consume eggs, I would recommend substituting with Avocados.
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