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The immunity-­‐boosting powerhouse you need now more than ever

If the pandemic has done anything, it’s reminded us how important it is to have good health. The evidence from worldwide cases of Covid-19 clearly shows that of those who are unlucky enough to contract the virus, people whose health was already compromised suffer far worse outcomes.

We can’t prevent transmissions of any virus with food, or supplements for that matter, whatever the claims. But food can certainly boost our general health and with it, our immunity. And some immunity-boosting foods are quiet, everyday heroes; things you have in your fridge and pantry right now. The humble egg is one of those. Here’s why you should include it in your day:

Eggs give your immunity a boost
Eggs contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and selenium, which are all important to keep our immune system in tip-top shape. If you’re cutting down on meat, in particular, that B12 is one to keep an eye on, and one egg handily contains about a quarter of the B12 you need in a day. Vitamin B12 helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells.

They help keep muscles strong
Muscle mass is important, especially as we age and start to lose it. Having a good amount of muscles mass in our bodies helps us stay strong, protects our bones, and helps us to recover with fewer after effects if we do get sick. Eggs contain useful amounts of highly digestible, great quality protein to help maintain muscle mass; an egg contains between 4 and 8 grams of protein, depending on size.

The fight free radicals
Eggs can help us fight disease with lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids – types of antioxidants – are thought to help protect against disease, in particular eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. As well as that, antioxidants in general help our bodies fight free radicals, the damaging particles that are responsible for ageing and disease such as cancer and heart disease.

You can eat them every day
The latest science tells us that eggs are great, nutrient-dense food. We also know that we can enjoy eggs every day; they are an excellent addition to a whole food, healthy diet.

Give your health a boost by starting the day with eggs cooked your favourite way, grab an egg sandwich or wrap for lunch or try a boiled egg as a snack.

*Niki Bezzant is a writer, journalist and speaker specialising in food, science and health.