Boost the Roost – very unique and special eggs
Boost the Roost are the first eggs on the UK market enriched with natural organic selenium AND natural DHA omega-3.
Boost the Roost eggs are regularly tested to ensure that the claimed higher levels of selenium and DHA are being achieved.
Selenium in your diet helps to support antioxidant activity
These eggs also help to boost your immune system
These eggs also help to increase brain function
These eggs are also high in protein and vitamins B & D
DHA omega-3: What is it and why do we need it?
Fat in foods is made up of lots of different fatty acids, and they have different roles. DHA (Docosahexanoic acid) is an important fatty acid and belongs to the omega -3 group of fatty acids, which are all polyunsaturated fats.
Omega-3 fatty acids are in short supply in most people’s diets. We humans can make DHA from other fatty acids, but we can only convert a small percentage to DHA and so getting a ready-made boost has to be a good thing. All eggs contain both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and some of the omega-3 is DHA. St Ewe’s Boost the Roost hens are fed a diet naturally enriched with DHA to increase the DHA content.
The recommendation for intake of omega-3 fatty acids are in the range of 450mg to 2g/day, with 200-250mg coming from EPA and DHA.
What are the health benefits of omega 3?
Omega 3 fatty acids are important for good health, and have been associated with many health benefits. They are part of the structure of all our cell membranes, and are important in the healthy development of brain cells. They are also found in the retina so play a role in healthy vision.
Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects, so are different from omega-6 which are more likely to be pro-inflammatory. Inflammation is part of our immune response, but sometimes inflammation causes damage to the tissues.
The average British diet contains too much omega-6 fat, and not enough omega-3. Foods that are source of omega-3 can help to improve the omega-6:omega-3 ratio.
Omega-3 and specifically DHA are important during pregnancy for the developing foetus, and recommendations are increased for pregnant women.
Eggs are a natural source of omega-3 and getting your DHA through an egg is therefore completely natural. Boosting the diet of the hens simply allows the hens to produce the most nutritious eggs that they can, and it boosts the hens’ health too.
What is the impact from combining omega -3 and selenium?
Selenium has antioxidant properties, and fatty acids are prone to oxidation, so selenium is one of the antioxidant nutrients that keep DHA healthy. There are no known negative interactions between selenium and DHA.
Selenium – what is it and why do we need it?
Selenium is vital to all living organisms and is an essential micronutrient for humans (and chickens).
Selenium is a naturally occurring element discovered by the Swedish chemists, Jöns Jakob Berzelius and Johan Gottlieb Gahn in 1817. It is a member of the oxygen family of elements along with oxygen, sulphur, tellurium and polonium.
Selenium is involved in the development and maintenance of the immune system; as a constituent part of two important antioxidant enzymes it contributes to the body’s antioxidant defences, helping to prevent damage to cells and tissues. It is essential for the production of active thyroid hormone and the proper function of the thyroid gland, and it also contributes positively to male fertility.
Historically selenium was present in our UK diets because we imported much of our wheat for bread flour from North America where the soil and hence the wheat has a naturally high level of selenium. Soil in the UK and Europe, by contrast, is low in selenium and much more of our bread is now made from UK and European wheat. As a consequence the UK range of selenium intake, at 29 – 41 micrograms (µg) per day, is significantly lower than the EU Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 55µg and the UK RDAs of 60ug for women and 75ug for men. It is particularly important that those following a vegetarian or vegan diet ensure that they get enough selenium.
Selenium and DHA omega-3 in our Boost the Roost eggs
Selenium occurs naturally in the soil and Boost the Roost hens are free range so they take up some of this selenium as they peck about on the farm but they are also fed a diet rich in additional natural, organic selenium. This is grown on a specific strain of yeast – this is important as the selenium in this form has better bio-availability – meaning the hens absorb it much more efficiently, as do humans.
The omega-3 fatty acid DHA is present in all our eggs, but in greater quantities in our Boost the Roost eggs. Again, the hens obtain higher levels of DHA omega-3 from their diet, which is supplemented with a natural, algal-based form of DHA. Other omega-3 supplements are often based on fish oils or plant-based oils such as linseed; both of which can taint the flavour of the product. Our Boost the Roost eggs are just as tasty as all our eggs – the flavour is not affected at all by the hens’ extra-healthy diet – and they are a particularly good way for vegetarians to obtain DHA, which can be lacking in a vegetarian diet.
Boost the Roost eggs are regularly tested to show that they contain more than 40mg/100g of egg, so two Boost the Roost DHA eggs (about 150g) will provide around half of your daily DHA requirements.
The Boost the Roost flocks live just the same happy, free range life as all our hens and in fact their own their immune systems, antioxidant defence and reproductive systems are boosted by the natural supplements.
Boost the Roost eggs, like all St Ewe Free Range eggs, are accredited with both the Lion Quality mark from the British Egg Industry Council and Freedom Foods assurance from the RSPCA. The Lion Quality mark is only available to British egg producers who meet stringent standards for food safety and is a guarantee of quality for consumers. RSPCA Freedom Food farm assurance is all about the quality of life for the hens. The farm is independently audited by these two bodies.