Egg yolk is a rich source of vitamins and many valuable minerals. Omega-3 fatty acids and lecithin, contined in the yolk, have anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties. Yellow pigment – lutein – improves brain function, enhances concentration and memory, prevents damage to the retina, as well as possess powerful antioxidant properties. Thanks to that it has an ability to slows down the aging process in animals and protects them from cancer. Similar purposes are served by vitamins A and E also contained in yolk. They are very well absorbed by the animal’s body, as they dissolve in the surrounding fats. Egg yolk is also rich in vitamin D, beneficial for the bones and skin, and group B vitamins, vital for the nervous system. Egg yolk is also rich source of such minerals as: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium.
Did you know?
The structure of egg yolks is similar to blood, it contains a substance called plasma. The plasma protein group responsible for the protective functions is the immunoglobulin Y, the same type as the immunoglobulin contained in the animal blood. It counteracts some antigens, and in particular against bacteria, boosting the body’s immunity.