The Benefits of Liver for Good Health
There is no doubt that beef liver is a fantastic superfood! It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods we have available to us. The benefits of liver for good health are many.
Liver is sometimes called nature’s multivitamin and it’s not hard to see why. It gives you a lot of nutritional bang for your buck. So, that makes it a great food to include in the diet of those who are fussy eaters (hello toddlers!) or anyone who struggles to eat a lot of food.
Nutrients in Beef Liver
- Iron. The haem iron in red meat is more easily absorbed by the body. Iron is important for our red blood cells, energy, metabolism, immunity, brain function, fertility and more. Instead of taking iron supplements, adding liver to your diet is a great natural food source to boost your levels.
- Folate. Liver is one of the highest natural food sources of folate. Not to be confused with the synthetic folic acid, which is not recommended for anyone with the MTHFR gene mutation.
- B vitamins. Liver is also a great source of other b vitamins, including b12 which can help with energy levels.
- Protein. Beef liver has a whopping 26 grams of protein per 100grams! Essential for growing babies and kids.
- Vitamin A. Just 85 grams of liver will provide you with your daily Vitamin A needs. Vitamin A is needed for good vision, healthy skin (try liver for acne!). Vitamin A has retinol so liver is a much cheaper way of getting great skin.
- Vitamin D. Liver contains Vitamin D 3 which is the more active form.Consuming extra liver in winter can be really useful to avoid deficiency.
- Liver is also a great source of Vitamin C, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc and phosphorous all which are easily absorbed and used by the body.
Isn’t liver full of toxins?
This seems to be a common misconception! While the liver is the organ in the animal that neutralises toxins, the toxins are not stored in the liver.
Is grass fed, pastured and organic liver necessary?
In my opinion, yes! There are more omega 3 fatty acids in grass fed liver. The absence of hormones, antibiotics or commercial feed make the liver much better quality and safer to eat.
How to eat Beef Liver
So, why don’t we all eat heaps of liver? Well, because it can be an acquired taste! Here are some ways you can include it in your diet.
- Try out some new recipes and prepare it well
- Cook and serve it in a bacon, onion gravy to add flavour
- Soak in milk for 30minutes to make it more palatable
- Grate raw or cooked liver into your spaghetti bolognaise, curries and stews
- Add it to burgers and rissoles
- Make liver pate
- You may find some good butchers adding liver to their sausages
If you really don’t want to buy, handle and eat beef liver, a great alternative is to buy liver capsules. It is certainly a lot easier to get all the benefits of liver in a convenient, tasteless form!
Check out the Organic Liver Capsules I have in the shop. They contain premium organic freeze-dried liver powder from Australian grass-fed, pasture-raised and Certified Organic cattle.
For the month of September, you can get 20% off to give them a try! Use the code: liverlover
Do you eat liver? I would love to know your favourite way of eating it.