The egg had a bad reputation over the past decade because of reports that it is loaded with cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a substance found in animal tissues. It is an important constituent of cell membranes but excessive levels of this substance in the bloodstream can cause the narrowing and hardening of the arteries. Other negative effects of cholesterol include high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

The egg was an underrated super food, but nutritionists and health experts are now giving it a fresh look because of its nutritional value that they begin to see.

Contrary to earlier beliefs, eggs are very nutritious. They are rich in protein, vitamins, sulphur and potassium. Eggs are packed with nutrients that can provide nourishment for your nerves and brain.

Years ago, nutritionists claim that the egg white is the nutritious part of the egg, but recent findings reveal that the egg yolk is where many of its nutrients are found.

Here are some of the health benefits of eggs:

1. Eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two substances which provide nourishment for the eyes. These nutrients help to prevent mucular degeneration and cataract, according to a recent study. Moreover, no other food sources are as rich in these nutrients as eggs are.

2. There is no scientifically proven link between egg consumption and heart disease. On the contrary, eating eggs on a regular basis helps to prevent heart attacks, blood clot and stroke.

3. Each egg is loaded with essential amino acids, six grams of high quality protein and 300 grams of choline. Choline is a nutrient which works to maintain the normal function of your brain, nervous system and cardiovascular system.

4. Eggs contain an average of 300 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of saturated fat. According to research, it is saturated fat that raises a person’s cholesterol level and not dietary cholesterol. Since eggs contain just a small amount of saturated fat, moderate consumption of eggs doesn’t negatively affect a person’s cholesterol level.

5. There are only a handful of natural foods that contain vitamin D and eggs are one of those.

6. One study suggests that women who eat at least six eggs per week can lower their risk of getting breast cancer by 44 percent.

7. Eggs are rich in sulphur and plenty of vitamins and minerals. This helps to promote the nourishment of your nails and hair.