Food supplies the body with its nutrient requirement and when the nutrient requirements of the body are not met, it would result in nutrient deficiencies, which may leave the body prone or vulnerable to certain health issues. Although nutrients are derived from foods of plant and animal origins, some nutrients are often not found in sufficient quantity in plant and animal as they are concentrated in one and less concentrated in the other.
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Specifically, there are certain important nutrients that you may not get in sufficient quantity when you eat more foods from plant sources without supplementing them with foods from animal sources. Four (4) prime examples of such foods are examined below:
1. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble nutrient that is essential for the formation of red blood cells and maintenance of nerves and normal brain function. However, it is not found in sufficient quantity in plants but is found more in animal proteins such as fish, meat, dairy products, and eggs. Not getting enough vitamin B12 can make you prone to weakness, fatigue, impaired brain function, and neurological disorders.
Carnosine is needed by the body for proper muscle function and its increased intake helps to reduce muscle fatigue. It is concentrated in the muscles and brains of humans and animals and its concentrated form may be derived from meat, poultry, and fish.
Taurine is a sulfur compound found in various body tissues, including the brain, heart, and kidneys. It is essential for muscle function, bile salt formation, and antioxidant defences. It is particularly concentrated in fish, seafood, meat, poultry, and dairy products.
4. Heme iron
Heme iron is a type of iron found only in meat, especially red meat, and it helps to transport oxygen throughout the body and also helps to improve the absorption og non-heme iron from plant foods. Not getting enough of this nutrient may cause a shortage of blood otherwise called anaemia.
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