How milk, meat and eggs can keep us healthy in lockdown

These are critical times for our health, writes Ramiro Cabral, Executive Vice President Elanco International. Right now, many of us will be at home, living within limitations on how we shop for food.

Life has changed. And it means that not only do we need to keep ourselves protected from Covid-19 through social distancing and hand-washing, we must take care of ourselves and stay healthy in body and mind.

Animal proteins – that’s meat, fish milk and eggs – can help. These nutritious foods can play a vital role in providing key nutrients our body needs, so we can be resilient in these testing times.

We need vitamin D, for example. Known as the sunshine vitamin because we usually absorb it through our skin from direct sunlight, it keeps our bones, teeth and muscles healthy due to its role in helping regulate calcium and phosphate in our bodies. But with fewer opportunities to step outside our front doors and travel to sunnier climes, we may need to get it from other sources. Luckily, it can be found in a small number of foods, including red meat, oily fish, liver and egg yolks.

In these unprecedented times, in which plans to see family and friends are cancelled, our mood may be affected. Vitamin B12, found in meat, fish, eggs and cheese, is believed to play a role in creating and metabolising serotonin, which is a key chemical responsible for regulating mood. Meanwhile, omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish and eggs, have also been found to be beneficial.

Furthermore, animal proteins have been proven to keep us feeling fuller for longer due to their effect on the ‘hungry hormone’s and in making us feel satiated. Plus, protein feeds our muscles, helping us to maintain muscle mass, and maintain a healthy weight even if we’re unable to keep up our usual exercise routines.

Luckily, many of us still have access to these foods. We owe a lot to our farmers and veterinarians who are working day in, day out throughout the crisis to care for livestock and safeguard animal health and food supply chains. It is another clear demonstration of just how important good animal health is when it comes to protecting the health of humans

About Ramiro Cabral

Dr. Ramiro Cabral leads Elanco’s international business. He joined Elanco after working for years at his family's farm and as a consultant in the veterinary industry. As a trained veterinarian, he is passionate about how healthy animals can help us build a more sustainable livestock industry. Ramiro is part of Elanco’s Executive Leadership Team.

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About Ramiro Cabral

Dr. Ramiro Cabral leads Elanco’s international business. He joined Elanco after working for years at his family's farm and as a consultant in the veterinary industry. As a trained veterinarian, he is passionate about how healthy animals can help us build a more sustainable livestock industry. Ramiro is part of Elanco’s Executive Leadership Team.

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