Grass fed superfoods score an A+
Throughout history, people from many cultures across the world have enjoyed traditional foods for their rich savory flavors. Science has now shown us that these same delicious foods are some of the healthiest foods you can eat.
When ruminant animals are allowed to graze on grasses, the foods they provide have an abundance of nutrition. In fact, some of the nutrients in grass fed foods are considered superfoods! Let’s take a look at these remarkably healthy nutrients.
Omega 3, an essential fatty acid
Cold water fish and fish oils are often considered the main foods that are rich in Omega 3, an essential fatty acid known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
But did you know that grass fed dairy products and meats are also a wonderful source of Omega 3, offering 2 to 4 times more than grain fed animals? This is because the grasses used for grazing are rich in Omega 3. Whole milk from grass fed animals provides a healthy balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6.
Fat soluble vitamins – naturally
The deep rich yellow color of cream, butter and cheese from grass fed cows comes from the high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A found in green pastures. These grass fed dairy products also have increased levels of the other fat soluble vitamins D, E and K.
In the 1940's a dentist, Dr. Weston A. Price, discovered a new vitamin-like activator that worked synergistically with the fat soluble vitamins A and D. He named it Activator X, although it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Price Factor’.
As a dentist, Dr. Price had an interest in the positive effects of Activator X to control dental caries (cavities). As an added bonus, he found that this activator played a positive role in minerals, brain function, heart disease and reproduction.
We now know that Dr. Price’s Activator X has been identified as the essential fatty acid, vitamin K2 (menaquinone). Vitamin K2 is not to be confused with vitamin K1 (phylloquinone), which is found in green plants and is most often associated with blood clotting.
Dr. Price was spot-on about Activator X!
K2 is used by the body in conjunction with calcium; it keeps calcium in the bones and teeth, and out of the soft tissues of the body where calcium doesn’t belong. The 2004 Rotterdam Study of vitamin K2 showed a lowered risk not only of coronary heart disease, but also ‘all-cause mortality’.
Traditional foods supply K2
Vitamin K2 can be found in the butterfat, meat, tallow and organ meats of animals grazing on grasses. Other rich sources are natto (a traditional Japanese fermented food), fish eggs or salmon caviar, and pastured eggs. Vitamin K2 is also produced by lactic acid bacteria during the fermentation of raw cultured vegetables.
Eating in the raw
Living foods contain enzymes that help the digestive process. Raw cultured foods such as fermented vegetables are full of beneficial bacteria. Raw butter, cream and cheeses provide additional benefits.
The Wulzen Factor – the anti-stiffness compound
In the 1930s, Rosalind Wulzen discovered that raw dairy fat protects against calcification of the joints, such as in arthritis. The Wulzen ‘anti-stiffness’ factor is a compound that is found in raw butterfat.
It has also been found to protect against hardening of the arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland. The Wulzen factor is destroyed by pasteurization and is only present in raw dairy such as butter, cheese, cream and whole milk.
CLA the grass fed superfood
Meat and dairy that come from grass fed cows contain the richest source of a special fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid or CLA. Livestock raised in factory farms are fed a diet typically based on corn and other cheap commodity foods. Research at Utah State University has confirmed that cows grazing on pasture have up to 500% more CLA in milk fat than non-pastured cows.
Why is CLA so important to our health? It turns out that it may be one of the most potent defenses against cancer. Just a tiny percentage of CLA in the diet of lab animals greatly reduced tumor growth! Human studies are ongoing, but the results are impressive regarding CLA consumption and breast cancer.
People who obtain CLA from grass fed dairy products absorb and store it in their tissues. According to this study of over 3,500 people, those with the highest levels of CLA in their tissues had a fifty percent lower risk of heart attack than those with the lowest levels.
Food sources rich in CLA
Being a fatty acid, CLA is found in the fattier cuts of beef, bone marrow, full fat dairy products such as butter and whole milk, and full fat cheeses.
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