Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An Egg a DAY?

An egg a day keeps ADHD at bay. Really? Well, I've not published any peer-reviewed clinical results. BUT, I do have some day to day experience with a little guy we call Spiderman.

From my observations, if Spiderman eats an egg with his breakfast, he is able to endure the rigors of sitting in a chair for school. If I skip it, thinking it doesn't really matter, you'll hear me saying things like, "Put your feet down and your head up to read." Or "You must do your handwriting without dancing." Or "Focus, please!" ... about eighty times.

What about an egg is beneficial for our littles? Well, first there is protein. Protein is severely lacking in most packaged breakfast foods. Protein stabilizes blood sugar and keeps children's energy levels on an even keel -- rather than in fitful bursts. Protein is also slowly metabolized giving children a longer source of energy.

Eggs contain an abundance of fat-soluble vitamins, especially if you've acquired farm fresh eggs. These are vitamins that help with concentration, eye focus and visual perception. Farm fresh eggs are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for the development of the brain and synapses connection. Egg yolks contain cholesterol which aids in mental development as well. Did you know there was all that brain power in an egg?

Another major benefit of the lovely egg is that it contains naturally occurring choline. What's choline good for? Choline is a B vitamin that keeps cholesterol moving through the bloodstream. Useful component. I'm glad God put it there. Choline also aids in memory and learning, which we want to amplify in our littles' lives.

So, what works for me and Spiderman? I boil a dozen eggs on Monday morning, and all week long, we've got the nutritional supplement he needs to keep his energy even and his attention peaked. I give my girls one too... because they benefit from the brain nourishment as well. Real mental acuity food, in a convenient little package.
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8 comments:

The MeFest Team said...

Good to know!

Kristin said...

I usually eat an egg every morning (I'm pregnant and need the protein) but my son refuses to eat them. I usually just make him a protein smoothie, instead. Boiled eggs are a great snack!

Bobbi Jo said...

Good information. I love eggs so I am glad to hear this. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Kaycee said...

Good tip. I have an egg and muffin toaster at home that I use to make egg sandwiches for my first grader when we have time in the morning. I guess I will have to try harder to make the time.

Sharon said...

Thanks for this info. I am always looking for interesting, helpful, health information. I'm glad I found your blog.

Jennifer said...

I didn't know that eggs could help with ADHD! I have a feeling that my hubby has adult ADD... I think I need to feed him eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! :)

Martha said...

Wow, that's new with me. I've never heard of this before! My son is three and I don't think he has ADHD, but sometimes he has 'ants in his pants' (especially in church!). I will definitely try out the egg experiment and see if it makes a difference. I love eggs anyways, low in carb and you can use it in so many ways!

lori said...

You know we have just since Christmas begun adding WAYYYYY more protein to all of our diets...I realized that I had like NONE...
Aside from the pounds lost, I'm going to pay attention to the focusing...
My caboose is mr. figet in the homeschool room...hmmmm
food for thought here!
Thanks a bunch Amy!