American Lamb Board Emphasizes American Lamb’s Immune System Attributes
As Covid leaves consumers looking for ways to maintain strong immune systems, American Lamb offers some great health benefits. The American Lamb Board (ALB) analyzed USDA official nutritional data to identify key immunity supporting nutrients. The data supports that American Lamb is packed with nutrients that support a strong immune system, and ALB is emphasizing this fact as part of its National Nutrition Month communications during March.
A 3-ounce cooked serving of American Lamb is an excellent source of protein, zinc, selenium and B-12, and a good source of iron and B-6. These nutrients support the immune system and help your body fight infection, inflammation and repair cellular damage. A deficiency in any of these nutrients can drastically suppress the immune response. With March marking National Nutrition Month, the ALB encourages people to lean into the health benefits offered by American Lamb as part of their efforts to maintain a healthy immune system.
ALB offers 2 nutrition resources you can share with consumers, both of which are downloadable and printable from LambResourceCenter.com: Fuel Your Immune System and Naturally Nourishing.
These handouts provide details on these important attributes of nutrients found in American Lamb:
- Zinc is required by white blood cells to function and fight infection.
- Selenium has antioxidant properties, protecting immune cells from oxidative stress. It also plays an important role in protein synthesis.
- Iron is a fundamental element for immune response, helping lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell that attacks an infection) grow and mature.
- Protein provides the body with amino acids. These amino acids act as building blocks to produce immune cells and antibodies.
- Vitamin B-6 is needed to activate an immune signaling molecule that regulates the activities of white blood cells.
- Vitamin B-12 plays a critical role in the production of protein synthesis which is vital to produce immune cells.