main breeds of our birds consist of Rhode Island Red, Barred
Rock, and Buff Orpington. We have about 100 hens that are
a constant source of entertainment. They are very friendly
and always underfoot. We have a nesting room inside the
barn with nesting boxes lining the wall and an entrance
to go outside whenever they want. Our birds are free to
go out as they please no mater what the weather is. We do
have a fence around their lot outside to protect the birds
from pretators. We have lots of weasels and possoms in the
area and do our best to protect our birds.
We feed our hens a poultry layer mix from
the local feed mill. It's not organic, but it is all natural.
We supplement their feed with flax seed and oats. They go
crazy over the oats! The flax seed increases the amount
of omega-3 fatty acids in the eggs. We also feed them dried,
crushed up eggshells (along with oyster shells) which are
high in calcium. It's a good recycling program for all the
eggs our family eats!
10 Heath Benefits
Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an
egg a day may prevent macular degeneraton due to the carotenoid
content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients
are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than
from other sources.
2. In another study, researchers found
that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing
cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in
3. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality
protein and all 9 essential amino acids.
4. According to a study by the Harvard
School of Public Health, there is no significant link between
egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to
one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent
blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.
5. They are a good source of choline. One
egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is
an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous
system, and cardiovascular system.
6. They contain the right kind of fat.
One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams
of that is saturated fat.
7. New research shows that, contrary to
previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have
a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies
have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day
does not affect a person's lipid profile and may, in fact,
improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that
raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.
8. Eggs are one of the only foods that
contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
9. Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one
study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered
their risk of breast cancer by 44%.
10. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails
because of their high sulphur content and wide array of
vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing
faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they
were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fact Sheet
There are many health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Research
shows strong evidence that the omega-3s EPA and DHA can
boost heart health and lower triglycerides. And there are
compelling studies showing that omega-3 fatty acids may
help with other conditions -- rheumatoid arthritis, depression,
and many more.
Just what are omega-3 fatty acids exactly? How much do you
need? And what do all those abbreviations -- EPA, DHA, and
ALA -- really mean? Here's a rundown of the essential omega-3
facts you need to know.
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Functional Foods
“I think pretty much everyone could benefit from more
omega-3s,” says Elaine Magee, a registered dietitian,
and author of Food Synergy. “They’re a smart,
polyunsaturated fat, and one of the most powerful nutrients
we know of.”
Omega-3 fatty acids not only raise good, HDL cholesterol
and lower bad LDL cholesterol, they may also lower your
risk of heart attack and strokes. Foods with omega-3s are
“the functional foods I think are worth the extra
pennies,” says Gerbstadt. At the supermarket, look
for whole foods rich in omega-3s like salmon, walnuts and
flax, as well as functional foods such as omega-3-rich eggs,
breads, milk, soy milk, and cereal.
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Health Benefits of Eggs