If you have spent any time reading one of the recent popular books on the diets of healthy traditional cultures (many influenced by the research of Weston A Price), you cannot have missed the fact that nose to tail eating was a dominant feature of their diets. In other words our ancestors consumed many parts of animals that have since become unfashionable to eat, e.g. organ meats (liver, heart, etc), skin and bones (as bone broth).
In fact many people in our modern society are quite squeamish about eating these traditional foods, especially organ meats like liver. For many eating muscle meat (e.g. steak) is considered to have a higher status than eating organ meats. In the eyes of many organ meats were consumed due to lack of better quality meats like steak and are these ancestral foods are relegated to the history books.
Another factor is that it’s actually not so easy to source good quality organ meats that are organic and sourced from healthy animals that have not been subjected to chemicals. For example many large industrial farms illegally add clenbuterol to increase leans and protein content in the meat, which ends up in organ meats such as liver.
For those aware of the benefits of eating organ meats a great way to consume these health promoting feeds is to take desiccated beef supplement that is sourced from grass fed, organic cows.
What is desiccated liver?
Liver sourced from pasture raised cows is more nutritious, gram for gram, than any other food. Liver is truly a superfood that stands head and shoulders above pretty much all of the other superfoods. Plant based supplements don’t come close.
The process of desiccating liver involves drying the raw meat until the water is removed. It is then normally crushed into powder and sold in capsules for easy consumption
What are the benefits of eating liver?
Liver from healthy, grass fed cows contents a wide array of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats.
One of the highlights is that liver contains many of the key nutrients for optimal brain health, including essential fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and AA (arachidonic acid), as well as vitamin B12.
Other important nutrients contained in liver include:
- An excellent source of high-quality protein
- One of nature’s most concentrated sources of vitamin A (plant foods contain carotenes, not true Vitamin A)
- All the B vitamins in abundance
- A highly usable form of iron
- Trace elements such as copper, zinc and chromium; liver is our best source of copper
- CoQ10, a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function
- A good source of purines, nitrogen-containing compounds that serve as precursors for DNA and RNA.
How to choose the best beef liver supplement
It’s an unfortunate fact that many desiccated liver supplements are processed, including fortifying or concentrating to artificially increase the nutritional numbers on the label, bulked up protein content or reduced fat. This means that even though the original liver was sourced from grass fed cattle the supplement can be denatured, defatted and heavily processed.
Below are some important questions to ask when sourcing a beef liver supplement for you and your family:
- Grass fed organic beef
- Hormone free
- Pesticide free
- Antibiotic free
- Non-defatted (i.e. no fat removed)
- Minimal low heat processing (high heat destroys nutrients)
- Free of additives, solvents, deodorisers, bleach and refining agents.
- No added iron
Why choose Hirsch beef liver supplement?
Hirsch offer a desiccated beef liver capsule supplement that is sourced from independent organic UK farms and the liver is delicately processed with minimal heat to preserve the integrity of the organ meat. No synthetic nutrients or other ingredients are ever added.
We believe in transparency, so each bottle of our beef liver supplement can be traced back to the farm where the liver was sourced via our batch tracker.
Hirsch Organic Grass Fed Beef Liver Tablets