Selenium and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are two vital nutrients that many people are not receiving enough of in their diets. It is feasible to feed livestock higher levels of certain nutrients to produce enhanced milk, eggs, and meat. Augmenting livestock feed yields enhanced animal products which improve the health and nutrition of the individuals that eat them.
There is a tendency in human nutrition to recognize new super foods. They are sold as health supplements, packing all nutrients in a single container. For example, pomegranate juice as a strong antioxidant or oats for their cholesterol-reducing capability. The health advantages of animal products could be likewise marketed to take advantage of the Healthy Foods market.
The examples taken in this article are selenium and omega-3/DHA supplemented meat, eggs and dairy products. Intake of these health-promoting nutrients by the general populace is too low. Instead of procuring these nutrients as a supplement, their accessibility is increased by delivering them as part of a food.
Advantages to human nutrition
Selenium is a strong antioxidant which defends the cells from damage by free radicals. It is also known to be vital for immunity and fertility. There is a fear that most people are not receiving sufficient selenium from their diets. It can be challenging to boost your selenium intake, especially if you reside in an area where the soil levels are exhausted.
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids, and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is the one that is mainly important for mental function and heart health. Studies have revealed that increasing levels of omega-3/DHA can reduce cholesterol, control blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease. DHA is particularly vital for pregnant women as it plays a significant part in the foetal growth of the brain, eyes, and nervous system. Various national health agencies advise an intake of about 500 mg per day for adults. But genuine intakes are often much smaller, averaging less than half of the suggested amount. This is due to the low intake of oily fish and seafood, which are the chief sources of DHA.
Eggs – Eggs are a great example of a profitably marketed enhanced animal product. They are being increasingly seen as a nutrient rich, beneficial food, so enriching their credentials makes sense. On an average, selenium quantities in eggs and meat and rise by 2 to 2.5 fold in animals that are fed with organic selenium.
Chicken and Pork – As with eggs, organic selenium has been utilized to successfully enrich both chicken and pork. By boosting the amount of organic selenium added to feed, their levels in the meat can be doubled. The legitimacy of enhanced pork as a way of increasing levels in humans has been assessed. People who consumed enhanced pork three times a week for one month improved their blood serum selenium levels by 14 to 17 percent.
Dairy products – Due to the high intake of dairy products in most countries and the nutrient concentration of milk, they make an exceptional choice for enrichment. Omega-3 augmented dairy products have been on the market for some time. The proportion of omega-6 to omega-3 in the diet as a whole is crucial to the health. Consumption of cereals and vegetable oils has led to too much intake of omega-6. However, in terms of cost-effectiveness, there was a substantial rise in milk yield, without any boost in dry matter intake. And developments in fertility and herd health were also indicated.
Adding organic selenium to livestock diets not only benefits the people that eat them, but also improves the factors such as fertility, growth, and immunity of the livestock. The quality of the products themselves is also modified; for instance, drip loss in chicken and pork is cut down and shell strength of eggs are improved. Likewise, enhancing dietary levels of DHA improves flock or herd health and efficiency. These benefits may go part or all the way to reimbursing for the cost of feeding extra nutrients, thereby boosting the potential profit margin.
The link between food and health is becoming more evident to the consumers. Producers have the capability to encourage the fact that animal products can provide health-giving nutrients and must take advantage of the prospect to market milk, eggs, and meat as super foods.
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