About Red Meat
Red meat is one of the very best sources of Protein in the diet. Complete protein (animal protein) contains all the essential amino acids needed by the body for the formation and building and repair of muscles, bones and teeth, hair and nails, and the growth of these tissues. Proteins act as antibodies, enzymes and hormones; aid blood clotting, and store oxygen within muscle for use during exercise.
Red meat is also the largest contributor of readily available iron and zinc in the Australian diet, and the second largest contributor of omega-3s. As part of a healthy, balanced diet, red meat can help prevent iron and zinc deficiency, which can affect functions you need for everyday activities, like your memory, attention and learning.
Iron: – People low in iron may feel slow in mind, and body. Iron is critical for carrying the oxygen in blood that cells need to make energy.
Zinc: – After iron, zinc is the second most concentrated mineral in your brain. It’s involved in virtually every job that brain cells do.
Omega-3s: – These are the building blocks of your brain, giving shape and structure to its cell walls.
Amino acids: – These are the essential components of protein. They are needed to make the chemical messages that allow your brain cells to talk to each other.
B12: – Vitamin B12 is a key ingredient in nerve fibres, helping them transmit their electrical signals ultra-quickly, so we think fast.
So enjoy red meat for dinner with your family tonight. It’s the smart way to feed your brain, and it tastes delicious too.