A new study reveals there’s a simple dietary tweak that may lead to major health benefits for the millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes. Especially those with a vitamin D deficiency.
The research appears in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. It found diabetic rats fed eggs dramatically improved their blood glucose levels. They also had higher concentrations of vitamin D. And they put on less weight than rats not eating eggs.
The numbers were significant. Eggs lowered blood glucose levels by nearly 50%. Their blood levels of vitamin D were 148% higher. And their plasma triglyceride concentrations—a risk factor for heart disease—dropped 52%.1
The Form of Vitamin D Your Body Craves
The researchers took particular interest in 25-hydroxyvitamin D-3. This is the form of vitamin D in your blood. It reflects the body’s overall vitamin D status.
According to the authors, “Eggs are the richest source of 25-hydroxyvitamin D-3 in the diet . . . there isn’t any conversion required to make it into the blood. If you take it in a supplement or food fortified with vitamin D, it has to be converted to that form.”2 That’s why it made sense to test eggs in the diet rather than vitamin D supplements.
Eggs Were Never the Enemy
The rats in the study ate a lot of eggs… About the human equivalent of 17-18 daily. But based on the severity of the rats’ diabetes—and how positive the results were—researchers believe eggs could have a positive impact in humans, too.
In fact, a Finnish study published last year showed that men who ate four eggs a week are 38% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.3
There’s no reason to avoid eggs. Even the government dietary guidelines have stopped villainizing them.4 Just make sure you eat the entire egg. That’s because the 25D—and most of the other nutrients—is only in the yolk.
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In Good Health,
Publisher, INH Health Watch