Grass fed and pasture raised meat and dairy have been found to be much higher in many vitamins and minerals. These include increased levels of vitamin K2 (artery , blood and bone health), butyrate (anti-inflammatory), vitamin E (anti-oxidant), beta-carotene (makes Vit. A), CLA (anti-oxidant), Omega 3's (DHA & EPA), zinc (immune function), B vitamins including B12, selenium (anti-oxidant/immune), and iron. Grass fed meat is lower in fat content and also contains a higher quality fat (many vitamins can be found in fat of healthy animals).
These are just some of the many reasons grass fed animal products are becoming much more popular and highly sought after. Other benefits include animal welfare, environment sustainability and local business support.
You can purchase grass fed & pastured meat and dairy products at your local farmers market, at specialty butchers (a great local butcher is Marin Sun Farms in Market Hall, Rockridge), or online.
By Dr. Keri Linane