NOW an excellent source of Vitamin D!

Introduction to Omega Plus
Main Benefits
Nutritional Information
How Omega Plus is produced
Omega-3: An important dietary fatty acid
Lutein, importance in your diet
Recommended Omega-3 intake
Consumer Benefits
Consumer Uses
Microwave Cooking Instructions


Naturegg Omega Plus, like our regular Naturegg Omega 3 shell eggs is a nutritionally-enhanced egg for people looking for natural foods with more essential nutrients. While all eggs are nutritious, all-natural and offer a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, Naturegg Omega Plus eggs also provide an additional source of DHA omega-3 fatty acids and lutein. Each single egg serving of Omega Plus provides 125 mg of DHA omega-3 and 0.500 mg of lutein. Also, now each 53 g egg is an excellent source of Vitamin D.

Per 1 large egg (53 g)
Source of omega-3 polyunsaturates
125 mg of DHA omega-3 per single egg serving
0.500 mg of lutein per single egg serving
Provides a minimum of 20 % of the recommended daily intake of total omega-3 polyunsaturates (8 times more than regular large eggs)
Excellent source of Vitamin D
Produced by hens fed an all-natural, flax-based diet with a small amount of fish oil, alfalfa and corn
Rich yellow yolk colour
Premium quality and freshness
Same shelf life as regular Naturegg Omega 3 and regular shell eggs
What chickens eat affects the nutritional value of the eggs they produce. Feeding a chicken flaxseed, which contains an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids, modifies the fat in the yolk of her eggs to contain more of these good omega-3 fats, and less saturated fat and omega-6 fatty acids. To increase the DHA omega-3 in the egg, we also added a small amount of fish oil to the chickens' feed. This produced an egg with 125 mg of DHA omega-3. To ensure that each egg has 0.500 mg of lutein, we introduced alfalfa and corn into the hen's diet.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that we can only get from our diet. The three most common omega-3 fatty acids in the Canadian diet are:

ALA or Alpha-linolenic acid from flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, other nuts and seeds.
EPA or Eicosapentaenoic acid from most fish and seafood and eggs.
DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid from fatty fish and seafood such as salmon; tuna, halibut; mackerel; herring; sardines and omega-3 eggs.

DHA is physiologically essential to human health and is believed to be the most important of the omega-3 fatty acids. DHA omega-3 promotes the development and maintenance of the brain, eyes and nerves from the moment of conception through adulthood. It is also particularly important for pregnant women as large amounts of DHA are deposited in the brain and retina of the fetus during prenatal and early postnatal periods.

To learn more about omega-3's in your diet click here.

In addition to providing more DHA omega-3, Naturegg Omega Plus also guarantees that each single egg serving (53 g/large egg) will provide 0.500 mg of lutein. Lutein is an antioxidant that is important for eye health.

Where there is lutein, there is zeaxanthin and together they contribute to maintaining good eye health. Recent research indicates that these antioxidants help prevent age-related macular degeneration — the leading cause of blindness in people over 65, and help decrease the risk of cataracts.

According to the American Heart Association, lutein also protects against the progress of early heart disease.

Lutein is found in vegetables and fruits as well as eggs. Lutein acts as a natural antioxidant where it can support and protect healthy cells and their functioning. The chart below indicates some of the foods that provide lutein.

Food
Lutein content
Zeaxanthin content
Kale, cooked 20 - 33 mg*/1 cup 11 - 20 mg*/1 cup
Turnip greens, cooked 18.1 mg/1 cup 5.1 - 12.2 mg*/1 cup
Collard greens, cooked 10.2 - 17.2 mg*/1 cup 0.357 - 5.1 mg*/1 cup
Spinach 12 - 15 mg*/1 cup 5.9 - 12.7* mg/1 cup
Spinach, raw 6.6 mg/1cup 3.6 mg/1 cup
Broccoli, cooked 3.4 mg/1 cup 3.5 mg/1 cup
Brussels sprouts, cooked 3.4 mg/1 cup 2.0 mg/1 cup
Green peas 2.3 mg/1 cup 2.3 mg/1 cup
Corn, cooked 0.6 mg/1 cup 2.8 - 3.0 mg/1 cup
Persimmons 0.5 mg/1 cup 0.8 mg/1 cup
Egg yolks 0.1 -0.3 mg/1 yolk 0.25 mg/1 yolk
Tangerines 0.3 mg/1 cup 0.2 mg/1 cup
Orange juice 0.3 mg/1 cup 0.34 mg/1 cup
Orange sweet peppers - 1.7 mg/1 cup
*Depending on Variety

Source: Alternative Medicine Review, Volume 10, Number 2, 2005

To learn more about lutein in your diet click here.

Summary of Recommended Nutrient Intakes: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturates

Age
Sex
n-3 PUFAa (g)
n-6 PUFA a (g)
Months
0-4
Both
0.5
3
Years 5-12 Both 0.5 3
  1 Both 0.6 4
  2-3 Both 0.7 4
  4-6 Both 1.0 6
  7-9 M
F
1.2
1.0
7
6
  4-6 M
F
1.4
1.2
8
7
  13-15 M
F
1.5
1.2
9
7
  16-18 M
F
1.8
1.2
11
7
  19-24 M
F
1.6
1.2
10
7
  25-49 M
F
1.5
1.1b
9
7b
  50-74 M
F
1.3
1.1b
8
7b
  75+ M
Fc
1.1
1.1b
7
7b
Pregnancy
(Additional)
1st Trimester   0.05 0.3
  2nd Trimester   0.16 0.9
  3rd Trimester   0.16 0.9
Lactation
(Additional)
    0.25 1.5

a. n-3 PUFA = omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, n-6 PUFA = omega-6 polyunsaturated fats
b. Level below which intake should not fall
c. Assumes moderate (more than average) physical activity

Table taken from Health & Welfare Canada (1990), "Nutrition Recommendations,The Report of the Scientific Review Committee".

Naturegg Omega Plus is an excellent alternative to fish when looking to increase your DHA omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. It also provides 0.500 mg of lutein per single egg serving.
Naturegg Omega Plus can be used anywhere regular shell eggs are used.
See recipes at www.eggs.ca.
Sprinkle a little salt into a microwave-safe custard cup or ramekin. Crack an egg into the cup and use a fork to prick an "X" into the yolk. Cover with a lid or plate. Cook on MED-HIGH for 40 seconds for a semi-soft cooked egg or 45 seconds for a hard cooked egg.

Tip: Position yolks in the centre of the cup for even cooking.

NOTE: Microwave ovens may vary in power. The microwave used for these tests was 1200 W.