Wednesday 110706

New members – Dead Lift. We will work to get competent at DL.
Seasoned Members – Texas Squats for those that are behind and Cleans (7×1) for those that are on track.

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By Michel Proulx July 4, 2011

Jianping Wu and his team have found that eggs help fight heart disease and cancer.

(Edmonton) One of nature’s most perfect foods may be even better for us than previously thought.

While eggs are well known to be an excellent source of proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals, researchers at the University of Alberta recently discovered they also contain antioxidant properties, which help in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Jianping Wu, Andreas Schieber, graduate student Chamila Nimalaratne and research associate Daise Lopes-Lutz examined egg yolks produced by hens fed typical diets of either primarily wheat or corn. They found the yolks contained two amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine, which have high antioxidant properties.

After analyzing the properties, the researchers determined that two egg yolks in their raw state have almost twice as many antioxidant properties as an apple and about the same as half a serving (25 grams) of cranberries.

However, when the eggs were fried or boiled, antioxidant properties were reduced by about half, and a little more than half if the eggs were cooked in a microwave.

“It’s a big reduction but it still leaves eggs equal to apples in their antioxidant value,” said Wu.

The discovery of these two amino acids, while important, may only signify the beginning of finding antioxidant properties in egg yolks, says Wu.

“Ultimately, we’re trying to map antioxidants in egg yolks so we have to look at all of the properties in the yolks that could contain antioxidants, as well as how the eggs are ingested,” said Wu, adding that he and his team will examine the other type of antioxidant already know to be in eggs, carotenoids, the yellow pigment in egg yolk, as well as peptides.

In previous research, Wu found that egg proteins were converted by enzymes in the stomach and small intestines and produced peptides that act the same way as ACE inhibitors, prescriptions drugs that are used to lower high blood pressure.

That finding defied common wisdom and contradicted the public perception that eggs increased high blood pressure because of their high cholesterol content. Additional research by Wu suggests the peptides can be formulated to help prevent and treat hypertension.

Wu is convinced the peptides also have some antioxidant properties, which leads him to suggest that when he completes the next step in his research, the result will likely be that eggs have more antioxidant properties than we currently know.

The findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Chemistry.

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4 comments on “Wednesday 110706

  1. For some reason I got talked into doing “Megan”

    5 x
    400 m run
    20 wall ball
    20 24″ Box Jumps

    Time: a terrible 28:13

    I’m FOS!!

  2. I did “Megan” with Tuttle and Sloan. Used 8 lb WB and did 18″ Box Jumps. Time: 25:45.

  3. Texas Squats week #4:
    4 + 8 at 210

    Not “easy peezee lemon squeezee” per se, but felt better than I was expecting. Back squats definitely seem to be improving.

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