Is red meat a medicine?

Volume 6    |    Issue 31

There’s a lot of bad news in the media about red meat. Some studies suggest red meat causes hardened arteries, cancer, type-2 diabetes, and dementia. Most of this bad news is about meat that comes from corn-fed cows and people who don’t eat much fiber. The truth is red meat can be a powerful medicine when used correctly.

As with most medicines, the dose is critical. Most people overdo their red meat consumption. This isn’t really a problem with grass-fed meat, but it is with grocery store meats. It’s also a problem with most restaurant meat (unless it’s a high-end restaurant that serves grass-fed meats). Fast food restaurants serve the cheapest meat, so you know it’s not good. And these sources are where most people get their meat today.

What’s more, our digestion often slows down as we age. Our ability to digest proteins slows as well. As a result, many seniors are protein deficient. But it’s not just seniors. Anyone who has digestion issues will likely have a hard time digesting meat. If you have IBS, Crohn’s disease, celiac, leaky gut, or any other digestive problem, you might have trouble getting enough protein – even if you eat plenty of meat.

Yes, eating red meat can help. But the group where eating red meat can really solve a protein deficiency quickly is with vegetarians. I know, vegetarians don’t eat meat. And many won’t even consider eating red meat. But eating three to five ounces (depending on your size) of red meat a day for just two weeks will often eliminate a protein deficiency.

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For some vegetarians, eating a little meat once in a while is worth it. That’s because protein deficiency can cause general weakness and fatigue, headaches, insomnia, and problems with your skin, hair, and nails. If the deficiency is prolonged, it can lead to muscle wasting and frailty. So you want to do all you can to correct a deficiency.

If eating meat isn’t fixing your protein deficiency, or if you’re a vegetarian who won’t eat meat even as a medicine, then there’s something else you can do.

In these cases, it’s vital you give your body plenty of amino acids. Amino acids are essential for your body to create protein. And taking an amino acid complex, such as Perfect Amino, can help both seniors, people with digestive issues, and vegetarians alleviate a protein deficiency.

Your body requires eight essential amino acids to make protein. In order to do so, your body requires the right amount of each of these eight aminos. If you’re deficient in one of these essential amino acids, then your body won’t use the abundance of the other seven to keep going. It will stop making protein once it runs out of the one. This can quickly lead to protein deficiency.

Taking Perfect Amino ensures you get adequate amounts of all eight essential amino acids so your body can make the protein it needs.

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For over 25 years, Editor-In-Chief Steve Kroening has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Frank Shallenberger, Janet Zand, Nan Kathryn Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.

Steve researches breakthrough cures and treatments you won't hear about from mainstream medicine or even other "alternative" writers. He writes in a friendly, easy-to-read style that always gives you the power to guide your own health choices and do more research on your own.