If you are looking for food to strengthen your body's defenses, meat is an excellent option. Read on and find out what the specialists think.
MEAT: IN FAVOR OF YOUR HEALTH IN THE QUARANTINE SEASON
In the face of the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), taking care of our health and that of our family becomes a matter of vital importance.
Without a doubt, an adequate diet is essential to maintain the proper functioning of our body.
We have good news for you: daily consumption of meat protein can be a great ally to keep you healthy and with a strong immune system.
Meat and other foods of animal origin provide proteins of high biological value, as they contain the nine essential amino acids that the body requires to function properly.
Dr. Susanna Bramante, an expert in nutrition, agronomy and animal production, recently wrote that there is clear scientific evidence that meat makes us strong.
Including animal protein in a balanced diet plays an important role in people's immune response.
In his article "The link between meat and the immune system", Bramante emphasizes that excluding meat and fish in the diet could have a negative impact on the immune response, the way in which the body recognizes and defends itself against bacteria, viruses and harmful substances.
Bramante points out that "the immune response of our body is related not only to iron, but also to the intake of energy, zinc, copper and vitamin B6, all the nutrients that we find in excellent quantity and bioavailability in meat".
WHO DOES MEAT CONSUMPTION HELP?
Not only children, but also adults and the elderly who follow a diet without meat and fish have reported significantly lower white and red blood cell counts.
In addition, they have had lower levels of neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, lymphocytes, and basophils, all cells involved in the antibody response.
Dr. Bramante's statements are supported by a study published in the Official Journal of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE).
On a low-meat diet, various ailments can be constantly present:
Allergies, asthma, diabetes, migraines, osteoporosis, heart disease, mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression.
Beef, pork, chicken and turkey improve immune defenses, as they are rich in vitamin B6, an important nutrient in immune biochemistry and vital for the formation of healthy white and red blood cells.
This scientific evidence proves that meat strengthens the immune system, which improves the response to foreign agents such as viruses and other microorganisms. focus on plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose lean sources of protein such as fish and low-fat dairy products. Limit saturated fat, found in meat and high-fat dairy products, such as cheese and butter. Also limit processed meats. Choose moderate amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in fish, nuts and certain vegetable oils instead.