Products from grass fed animals tend to be leaner with less fat content. Nutritionists will be the first to tell you that not all fats are bad for you. There are some fats that the body needs and even craves. Fortunately, grass fed animals are more plentiful in many of the best fats for your body. These dairy and meat products also to be richer in omega-3 fats, beta-carotene, and CLA. Here’s what we mean by all that:
– CLA is short for conjugated linoleic acid, a fat associated with many positive health benefits. The amount of CLA available in grass fed products increases based on the cow’s consumption of fresh grasses. CLA offers immune and inflammatory support, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, efficient muscle storage, reduced risk of heart attack, and the maintenance of lean body mass. Researchers are also beginning to look into CLA as a reducer of cancer and tumor risk.
– Omega-3 fatty acids, such as ALA, EPA, and DHA, are polyunsaturated fats that the body needs by cannot produce and therefore needs to obtain through eating. These essential nutrients prevent and manage heart disease. Our body uses ALA for energy and the other two Omega-3s EPA and DHA. EPA makes sure that our inflammatory system functions properly by allowing the cells to signal and communicate, and it can reduce the risk of excessive inflammation. DHA ensures that our nervous system functions well.
– Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that protects the cells from free radical damage to DNA. Beta-carotene is being studied and researched as a potential cancer prevention aid. When paired with vitamin E, beta-carotene can become a powerful cancer fighter.
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