CHAPTER 8: Eggs and Bone Health
Published:01 May 2019
Egg is widely accepted as a great source of protein, lipids, and micronutrients. In addition to providing basic nutrition, in recent decades accumulating evidence has also recognized egg as a functional food with a variety of physiological benefits, especially in preventing chronic diseases, including osteoporosis. Emerging evidence suggests the potential of egg and egg-derived bioactive compounds for the prevention of osteoporosis. In this chapter, we discuss the available literature to understand the beneficial role of egg nutrients in bone health management. Furthermore, the potential of egg-derived bioactive compounds for bone metabolism as well as their possible mechanisms are reviewed. It is believed that egg not only provides essential nutrients for bone but also regulates bone metabolism with specific bioactive compounds. Although further animal and human trials are warranted to validate the mechanism of action and efficacy of egg in bone health, egg shows great promise for bone health management.