Every German eats 230 eggs on average per year. That may even be too little: Researchers have discovered that one egg a day could possibly reduce the risk of a stroke.
For a long time, eggs were demonized as a danger to health. In the meantime, experts have moved away from this. A study now even shows that one egg a day could reduce the risk of a stroke. To achieve this, scientists from Peking University analyzed the health data of more than 400,000 people from China.
For over ten years, the egg consumption and health status of the study participants were documented. Initially, they were not affected by cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes. However, some of them developed some of the diseases mentioned above during the observation period. The researchers compared this with the number of eggs consumed. The analysis showed that one egg per day reduces the risk of a hemorrhagic stroke caused by the bursting of a blood vessel by 28 percent. In addition, people with daily egg consumption died less frequently of cardiovascular disease – the risk of this was 18 percent lower.
Good source of nutrients
However, the study does not suggest that eggs should now be recommended as a preventive measure against strokes. There are too many other factors that may also have played a role in the outcome, such as too little exercise or smoking. According to their own statements, the Chinese researchers have tried to exclude as many of these disturbing factors as possible in advance. They say that their results could influence the nutritional guidelines with regard to eggs.
In this country, the German Society for Nutrition already wrote in a press release before the study was published that there is currently no scientific evidence that would necessitate an upper limit on egg consumption. Rather, eggs are a good source of high-quality organic protein and other essential nutrients.
Reduce the risk of stroke
If you want to actively reduce your personal probability of suffering a stroke, there are several ways to do so. Above all, lifestyle plays a role. The following factors have been shown to increase the risk of stroke and can be influenced at least partially:
- Atherosclerosis (deposits in the blood vessels; encouraged by smoking, elevated cholesterol levels, diabetes and high blood pressure)
- Heart diseases
- Lack of exercise
- Taking the contraceptive pill (especially in combination with smoking)
- some forms of migraine
- Age (over 60 years old)
- genetic predisposition