Red Meat Helps Boost Your Immune System

At the moment our health is top of mind. By practising stringent measures - regular hand washing, social distancing and wearing of masks - we’re all hoping to remain robust and strong in the face of the current pandemic. But in addition to these practices, we also need to take care of our immune systems and part of that includes being mindful of what we eat and making nutritious choices. 

One of the wisest choices you can make is to include more protein in your diet because this can help you ward off other ailments that might suppress your immune system. 

According to Health Line:

  • Proteins help form immunoglobulins, or antibodies, to fight infection. 
  • Antibodies are proteins in your blood that help protect your body from harmful invaders like bacteria and viruses. 
  • When these foreign invaders enter your cells, your body produces antibodies that tag them for elimination. 
  • Without these antibodies, bacteria and viruses would be free to multiply and overwhelm your body with the disease they cause. 
  • Once your body has produced antibodies against a particular bacteria or virus, your cells never forget how to make them. 
  • This allows the antibodies to respond quickly the next time a particular disease agent invades your body. 
  • As a result, your body develops immunity against the diseases to which it is exposed.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different kinds, but only nine of those are considered essential because our bodies aren’t able to make them on their own - we have to turn to our food to ensure we get them. 

And here’s the truly valuable information - although you can get amino acids by eating a variety of different foods, only animal protein contains all nine essential amino acids in one serving!

The higher quality protein in red meat (as opposed to plant-based protein) makes it easier for your body to digest and break down into those much-needed amino acids, and red meat protein also makes it easier for your body to absorb iron and zinc.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you get 10 to 35 percent of your daily calories from protein. This equals approximately 46 g of protein for women and 56 g for men. 

Tastiness aside, your immune system is another compelling reason to include red meat in your diet so be sure to reach out to N1 for all your red meat and protein needs! And don’t forget we now also do home deliveries!

Sources:
Healthline - Functions of Protein
Live Strong - What Foods Combine to Make Complete Proteins
Live Strong - Essential Amino Acid Content in Red Meat