Eating pasture raised meat is incredibly beneficial for the health of humans in general. Quality meat has such a wealth of nutrients that it seems as if it’s a superfood made for each and every one of us to benefit from. For women, there are some specific things meat can provide that are really remarkable. Personally, I’ve seen a major increase in my health since I started consuming more red meat. I’ve experienced improvements in my energy levels, sleeping patterns, mood stability, and I can’t remember the last time I got sick.
I believe that meat can truly be medicine and feel lucky to have discovered the ways it improves my life. As always, these attributes are only true of pasture raised meat, and the more discerning you are about sourcing the more benefits you’ll experience. Here’s my top 3 reasons that red meat specifically supports womankind.
1. It Provides The High Amount Of Iron Women Need
Red meat gets its color from its rich iron content. Grass-fed meat in particular contains high levels of bioavailable iron that is easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Iron is an essential mineral found in every cell of the body. It’s important for all humans to have enough iron in their diet, helping to maintain energy levels, produce red blood cells, support cognitive and immune function and more. People who consume red meat typically do not experience iron deficiency.
Women need to consume about twice as much iron per day as men, since the iron-rich uterine lining is shed every month during menstruation. An average of 125 milligrams of iron leaves the body with each cycle. Naturally, women have a higher risk of developing anemia, especially when they avoid eating meat. Red meat contains much higher levels of iron than plant-based foods, and in particular the highly absorbable form known as heme-iron. Heme-iron is found only in meat and is unavailable to those following strict plant-based diets.
2. It’s Great For Supporting A Healthy Sex Drive
Vitamin A is essential for the production of female sex hormones, and also helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. Grass-fed meat is super rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient that our bodies absorb and then convert into vitamin A.
Grass-fed meat is an amazing source of vitamins B6 and B3, both of which are very important for women’s libido. In just one serving of grass-fed beef, bison, elk, or lamb, you can get over one third of the recommended daily intake for these vitamins. Vitamin B6 plays a key role in balancing sex hormones and maintaining a healthy sex drive. This nutrient regulates the production of serotonin, dopamine, oestrogen, testosterone and red blood cells. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, enhances blood flow making orgasms stronger and more frequent. It also assists in the production of sex hormones from the adrenal glands.
Magnesium and iron are both powerhouses when it comes to sex drive. Grass-fed meat is an unbeatable source of both. Magnesium helps the body produce healthy amounts of sex hormones, directly affecting libido. It also is known for its calming and relaxing properties, which can really help women who have difficulty orgasming due to anxiety.
3. Collagen, The Beautifying Superfood
Bone broth is a health tonic that’s like liquid gold for your skin. You’ve probably heard about the great anti-aging effects that collagen can bestow upon your face. This is because your skin slows down in producing its own collagen supply around age 25. Plentiful collagen promotes youthfulness and increases elasticity as skin becomes more mature. Here’s the thing that most people don’t know – collagen molecules are actually too large to be absorbed directly through the skin. That’s right, any topical product containing collagen is effectively useless. The only way your body can assimilate this sought after protein is if it’s taken internally. Furthermore, our bodies are much more adept at absorbing foods that naturally contain the substances we desire rather than a powdered supplement form.
Collagen from bone broth also helps hair and nails grow longer, thicker, stronger and shinier. Many health experts acknowledge the connection between gut health and acne. Due to the amazing benefits bone broth provides for digestion, skin can improve drastically as digestive issues are addressed. Bone broth can even help you get your beauty sleep. It contains an amino acid called glycine that studies have shown to potentially make sleep deeper and more restful. It’s also a great source of minerals like calcium and magnesium that aid sleep.