Egg yolk is high in nutrients that can enhance wound healing, such as zinc and protein.
In the past, eggs have gotten a bad rap, and many people avoid the yolk specifically due to warnings of high contents of cholesterol. However, despite decades of back-and-forth arguments over whether this food is good or bad for people’s health, the medical community has largely come to an agreement: When eaten in moderation, egg yolk provides great health benefits, and recent studies have shown that it can even improve wound healing.
As the Mayo Clinic reports, one large egg contains around 186 milligrams of cholesterol all within the yolk. However, eating eggs does not cause a substantial negative effect on blood cholesterol compared to trans and saturated fats. With that in mind, people of good health should eat no more than seven eggs per week to maintain good heart health (though those with diabetes should consult a clinician before including eggs in their diet).
When it comes to wound healing, the great benefits of egg yolk come largely from its high content of zinc, as the North Carolina Egg Association points out. This element not only assists in the production of new tissue but also strengthens the immune system, which can help defend the body against infection. Egg yolk is also abundant in protein, which is essential to cellular development and the creation of new tissue.
Egg yolk as a topical oil
Eating eggs isn’t the only way to obtain these healing benefits. A study published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal examined the effect of egg yolk oil when applied to healing wounds on participants recovering from third degree burns. The results showed that the application of yolk oil on burns led to faster healing time and less scarring. While further studies to demonstrate just how this oil contributes to healing are still necessary, the findings suggest that yolk oil may someday be a common part of wound care.
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