Beef is any foodie's delight, so much so that it may even amount to an addiction. Regular beef eaters are generally healthy and strong. You may have encountered a guy with a well-sculpted body and inquired about his diet. He says beef, and may have been left wondering what makes beef such a preferred food among all the able-bodied folks around the world, so much so that a muscular guy is termed as being beefed up! 

Beef is typically a name given to cow's meat, if you didn't know that already. Like every other animal meat products, beef is also an excellent source of protein, especially lean beef. And protein, as you might know, is crucial for the proper development of muscle tissues. It even forms a necessary source of vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, which the body requires in order to convert homocysteine (a potentially dangerous chemical) to benign molecules.

Beef is ideally low in fat, which when combined with its ability to impart vitamin B12 greatly reduces the risk of colon cancer. Organic beef provides selenium and zinc. Selenium is essential for the proper function of glutathione peroxidase, which is an antioxidant that reduces the severity of inflammatory conditions, like asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Zinc in turn helps protect the walls of the blood vessels, thus aiding in preventing atherosclerosis. It also helps to run the immune system effectively.

If you are obsessed with your heart and wish to preserve it till old-age and impending death get the better of you, don't think twice before including beef in your diet. That regular dose of the scrumptious steak can help reduce the risk of heart disease, especially if it comes out of grass-fed cows, since it has high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. It also aids in controlling the total blood cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol levels.

Additionally, if you are prone to getting bullied around by your seniors, and end up being punched in the face every time, your teeth might be on the verge of falling off. Strengthen them from within by feasting on beef at least three times a week. That is because beef is highly rich in phosphorous and iron. Phosphorous is crucial to strengthen the teeth and the bones, if you didn't know that already. So the next time that the husky bullies catch up with you, you will be physically ready for that incoming punch. The attacker will groan in pain instead! Moreover, the iron contained in the beef helps carry oxygen in blood, to all the cells and muscles effectively, and also aids in preventing fatigue.

Beware of the kind of beef you are having though. As you might have deduced by now, there is the beef produced from pure grass-fed cows, the lean beef, and the common beef. Grass-fed beef may reduce the risk of heart disease, but any other kind of beef may increase the risk instead. Also, the risk of the rectum and colon cancer may be multiplied if the beef is high in saturated fats. Moreover, improperly cooked beef may lead you to food-borne diseases.