Most people would agree that red meat is delicious (Beef Steaks, Hamburger, Lamb, & Pork). Unfortunately our taste buds are not so smart at knowing what is healthy for our bodies. Over the past 30 years there has been clear, solid research that eating too much Red Meat is linked to a number of health issues. One in particular is an increase in certain cancers such as colorectal cancer. This data along with other potential health issues have caused many prominent health organizations to recommend people eat less, or eliminating, red meat from their diets. The AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research) recommends to eat less than 18 ounces of red meat per a week. For everybody that loves a juicy burger, this means less than 4 hamburgers per week.
Red Meat has nutrients (if you don’t mind cancer)
Looking past the increased risk of developing cancer, nutritionally, red meat is a great source of complete protein, vitamin B12, Zinc, and Selenium. However red meat is high in Saturated fats, cholesterol, and contains Trans Fats which opens up a whole host of other health issues. The good news is that once you convince your taste buds to reduce or eliminate red meat, most of the nutrients in red meat can easily be found within other sources; meat substitutes, cow’s milk, and plant based foods. However one nutrient that is particularly tricky when reducing or eliminating red meat is the appropriately named compound called Carnitine, since it is similar to the word Carnivore.
Carnitine (predominately in Red Meat)
Carnitine is found in red meat such as steak and ground beef. Steak or ground beef has about 100 mg Carnitine per a serving versus its typical replacement, which is chicken or fish meat at only 5 mg Carnitine per serving. This means if you replace all your beef consumption with chicken or fish meat, which it seems like everyone has been doing, then you are getting about 20 times less Carnitine in your diet. For those that have eliminated meat completely such as vegetarians or vegans, Carnitine has been found at approximately 25% lower in their bodies according to studies by Delanghe J., et. al.
Why is Carnitine Important?
According to National Institute of Health, Carnitine is critical for energy production in our bodies. Carnitine is used by our heart muscle, skeletal muscle, and our brains. Its main use is to transport high energy fatty acids into the powerhouse parts of our cells called mitochondria. Thanks to Carnitine it allows our mitochondria power generators to burn (oxidize) the fatty acids and produce a ton of energy to help us think and move. This is a great thing for us since our muscles and brain are extremely needy and use lots of energy. Fortunately with how critical Carnitine is for our bodies, if we don’t get enough of it in our diets, then our body’s liver and kidneys are able to make a certain amount of it. One thing to take note of is the lower levels of Carnitine found in those that have completely eliminated red meat such as vegetarians and vegans (in studies by Delanghe J, et. al. showed 25% lower Carnitine levels). These lower levels suggest our bodies have a limit on how much Carnitine it can make or hold onto.
Supplementing with Carnitine
Many people have reduced red meat consumption due to all the potential health benefits it has for our bodies. While reducing red meat consumption a great supplement product to help maintain levels of Carnitine is RareMyo and is available at www.RareMyo.com. RareMyo contains no Mega doses and approximates the levels of 6 muscle nutrients found in Red meat, including 50mg of Acetyl L-Carnitine. RareMyo states their vegan capsules provide 6 "Muscle Nutrients Minus the Meat", just without many of the other negatives such as Saturated fat, Excessive protein, and possible cancer causing agents that your Taste buds just don't want you to know about.
Disclaimer: This article was written by Robert Wimmer, co-founder of VerJus Essentials LLC manufacture and distributor of a dietary supplement product called RareMyo. Statements in the article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. RareMyo is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a professional medical care provider of your choice before starting RareMyo or any new dietary supplement.
- American Institute for Cancer Research (http://www.aicr.org/reduce-your-cancer-risk/diet/elements_red_processed_meat.html)
- National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements. Carnitine Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Carnitine-HealthProfessional/
- Clinical Chemistry (1989), Delanghe J., et. al. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2758659
- RareMyo – Muscle Nutrients Minus the Meat. www.RareMyo.com