Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live.
Let's talk micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements). We know that fresh fruit and vegetables are amazing especially when in season and local. They are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, but let's be honest are we getting enough? What if I told you that you cold get an even bigger bang for your buck from organ meat? You wold likely stop reading and go gag right?
When I mention to my patients that organ meat is beneficial most of them are ready to run in the opposite direction, the thought of eating liver like your gramma made, fried up with some onions puts most people off. So what if I told you that you could supplement with it instead? I know this sounds strange coming from the woman who preaches to get everything from food and NOT to supplement.
Let's look at the nutrient break down. Grass fed, this is key to the high nutrient density, if it isn't grass-fed don't bother, is higher than any vegetable for many of the much-needed micronutrients by 10% -100%.
I'm not saying to discount veggies, they should still be the main ingredient on your plate with each meal. They are highest in phytonutrients like flavonoids and polyphenols, we need those and meat isn't going to deliver.
Another complaint I hear is the myth that organ meat like liver is the storage organ for all those harmful toxins our body is trying to eliminate. While yes it is the role of the liver to neutralize those toxins, it does not store them. Toxins the body cannot eliminate are more likely to accumulate in the body's tissues and the nervous system.
What the liver does store are some very important nutrients such as vitamin A, D, E, K, B12 and folate to name a few. Not to mention minerals like copper, iron and chromium.
Let me break this down a bit more.
- Most concentrated food source of vitamin A
- Energy source due to high B12 content
- Food source of folate (all those pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant women need this not folic acid) one of the best forms!
- Trace elements such as zinc, copper and chromium
- Great for heart health as it's loaded with CoQ10 (an enzyme)
- Source of absorbable iron
- Improve energy, speed up metabolism, improve digestion, maintain healthy cholesterol, maintain healthy blood sugar, cardiovascular health, great for athletes, high quality protein source
- Source of purines (nitrogen containing compounds) which are precursors to DNA and RNA
What you want to look for in a supplement is important so listen up.
- Pasture raised, grass-fed, no commercial feed (this means non GMO)
- Grass fed means higher nutrient content by A LOT
- Hormone free
- Antibiotic free
- No pesticide residue
- No preservatives
- No additives such as vitamin C
You will want to chase these down with some vitamin C from a natural source, just grab a wedge of orange not a supplement as those are likely ascorbic acid and not true vitamin C. This helps the absorption rate of some of the nutrients like iron. The easiest way to take is to down a couple of capsules at mealtime, I take mine everyday. Great thing is you can't really overdose on these seeing as it is food. Don't down 30 of them at a time though, let's use a little common sense shall we?
There is no standard dosage recommended so see how you feel. I take anywhere from 1-4 at mealtime depending on how my diet has been and the season (more in winter than summer). Many body builders take 8 at a sitting for performance. Play around and find what works best for you.
I used to take store bought liver capsules, I was pretty had low iron and got sick off iron supplements so I went for this option instead. I can;t stand the site of liver so the best option was to take a supplement. WOW this stuff gave me energy. I never knew the quality of what I was taking and it always had added vitamin C or some other name I couldn't pronounce. So when Holly said she was doing this for friends and family I jumped on board. I switched to hers and over the course of 2 days noticed a difference in the performance I got in my morning workout. Could this be true? I did some research and heck yes! I'm so happy I can get stuff locally where I know exactly what went into it, liver, high quality and that is it. Make sure you know your brand. I recommend taking it to everyone, this is one supplement that is 100% healthy.