While we know that eating juicy grass-fed beef is delicious, it also has multiple health benefits that can help us maintain a healthy body.
One of the parts of our body that grass-fed beef helps to nourish is arguably the most important of all – our blood.
In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that levels of platelet and plasma concentration could differ in participants who ate either grass-fed or alternatively fed beef.
The study saw 40 participants consume approximately 67 grams daily of meat (beef and lamb) that had either been grass-fed or fed with concentrate, over a four week period.
Results of the study showed participants who ate grass-fed meat had a significantly higher concentration of both plasma and platelets.
According to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, platelets and plasma are essential components which make up blood, along with white and red blood cells.
Platelets are vital to human health as they assist with clotting the blood. Low levels can result in sudden, dangerous bleeding in the body.
Red and white blood cells and platelets are all stored in the liquid component of blood, plasma. Apart from keeping all the parts of blood together, plasma also aids in blood clotting.
Healthy blood is essential for human body function, as it delivers oxygen and nutrients around our entire system. According to The National Blood Authority Australia, the average adult has nearly five litres of blood circulating their body at one time.
There’s no doubt that platelets and plasma are essential to blood and therefore human health, and the results of this study show that if you wish to boost the quality of your blood, eating grass-fed lamb or beef could provide the answer.